Supreme Court allows Vedanta Sterlite to reopen plant for oxygen production

Supreme Court allows Vedanta Sterlite to reopen plant for oxygen production

The copper smelter plant at Thoothukudi was shut down in 2018 by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Vedanta Limited to run the Sterlite copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu to produce medical oxygen.

This comes a day after the Tamil Nadu government had decided to reopen the Sterlite copper smelter plant at Thoothukudi for a period of four months to produce medical oxygen.

“The copper smelter plant at Thoothukudi would be allowed to reopen for a period of four months only to manufacture oxygen. Under no circumstance will Vedanta be allowed to open or operate other plants that would be used for copper production. Based on the requirement of oxygen, the period might be extended. The electricity supply to the oxygen plants would be cut by the government after the specified period,” Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had said.

The copper smelter plant at Thoothukudi was shut down in 2018 by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board over environmental violations. On May 22, 2018, at least 13 people were killed and several others were injured when the state police fired at people who had taken out a demonstration against the construction of a new smelter plant by Vedanta.

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