In a blow to the Tamil Nadu government and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) and a major win for Vedanta, the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) principal bench in New Delhi has said that the company’s copper smelter in Tuticorin should commence operations. The tribunal, however, has issued some 25 directions which the smelter should follow.
The tribunal in its order dated November 28 said, “This appeal has been preferred against the order of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) under Section 33A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, directing sealing of premises of the appellant.”
The NGT’s order was basis the report of the committee dated November 20, 2018, constituted by the tribunal. Read more