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Sterlite Copper decide next move after studying SC order in detail

Metal News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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Devdiscourse News Desk reported that Sterlite Copper would go through in detail the Supreme Court order, setting aside the NGT directive to reopen its plant at Tuticorin and consult its legal team before deciding on the future course of action. The apex court refused to allow reopening of Vedanta's Sterlite plant, which was at the centre of massive protests over pollution concerns, but granted it liberty to approach the Madras High Court against the Tamil Nadu government's order to shut it down.

Sterlite Copper CEO P Ramnath said in a statement that "The order by the NGT has been set aside solely on the grounds of maintainability, but we have been granted liberty to approach the Madras High Court for suitable remedy. In view of the above, after going through the Supreme Court order in detail, in consultation with our legal team, we will decide our way forward on this matter.”

Tuticorin district collector Sandeep Nanduri welcomed the judgement and said the plant would remain shut as per the government's decision. ".He told reporters that ..the Supreme Court accepted arguments by our (government) advocates and has given a good judgement. As stated before, the plant will remain shut. All legal actions will be taken.”

An activist of the anti-Sterlite movement, welcoming the apex court order, setting aside the National Green Tribunal directive to reopen the plant, said it has brought 'relief and solace' to people in Tuticorin. Those in favour of the company being reopened however said they would collectively move the Madras High Court as per the avenues made available by the top court.

Anti-Sterlite movement activist Fathima Babu said people were relieved on hearing about the apex court decision. "It is a big relief and solace for the people and family members of those people who lost their lives during the agitation. I saw quite a lot of enthusiasm among the people of Tuticorin. We welcome the Supreme Court's decision," she said.

Ms Fathima Babu said the state government had stood its ground during the movement and should now bring the matter to its logical conclusion. She said that "It has to initiate criminal proceedings against the company, besides making them clean up the entire place and provide compensation to all those affected.”

Tuticorin Contractors Association President S Thiagarajan said the apex court verdict was an "unexpected decision". "We are all locals and have not experienced anything like what has been alleged. There are townships in the vicinity. If there was an issue, do you think people would reside there?.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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