TN govt approaches SC challenging NGT order of reopening Sterlite plant

New Delhi [India], Jan 2 (ANI): The Tamil Nadu government has approached the Supreme Court challenging the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order of reopening the Sterlite copper smelter plant at Thoothukudi. On December 15, 2018, the green tribunal had set aside Tamil Nadu government's order for closing Sterlite plant. The NGT had directed the state government to roll-out fresh orders for the renewal of consent for Vedanta's copper smelter plant within a span of three weeks. It also directed the firm to spend Rs 100 crore in a period of three long years for the welfare of the people residing in nearby areas. In May last year, 13 people were killed and several injured in the alleged police firing during the violent protest against Sterlite plant in Tuticorin. The people were protesting against the construction of the Sterlite copper plant, claiming that it was polluting groundwater, and was hazardous for the environment. Taking note of the people's demand, the Tamil Nadu government on May 28 ordered the closure of the plant.
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