Supreme Court sets aside NGT order allowing re-opening of Tuticorin plant

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New Delhi, Feb 18: The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the National Green Tribunal’s order which had allowed the reopening of Vedanta group owned Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin.

While setting aside the order on maintainability, a bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Vineet Saran asked Vedanta and Tamil Nadu government to approach the High Court and since the plant has been locked up for quite some time, they could urge the High Court Chief Justice for an expeditious hearing and interim relief.

On May 28 last year, the plant was shut down permanently when the state government had ordered the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to seal and “permanently” close the plant in aftermath of protests over pollution concerns.

The protests had turned violent, in which 13 people lost their lives in police firing on May 22-23 in Tuticorin.

The apex court judgement came on the TNPCB’s plea against the December 15, 2018, NGT order directing it to give its consent.

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