NGT sets aside Sterlite’s ‘unjustifiable’ closure

The National Green Tribunal has set aside the Tamil Nadu government’s order for the closure of Sterlite’s copper smelter in Thoothukudi, terming the decision “unjustifiable.”“We allow this appeal, set aside the impugned orders and direct the TNPCB to pass a fresh order of renewal of consent and authorization to handle hazardous substances…subject to appropriate conditions for protection of environment in accordance with law, within three weeks,” a Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, said on Saturday.“The appellant [Vedanta] will also be entitled to restoration of electricity for its operations,” observed the Bench, adding that the plant had to comply with the suggestions put forth by the NGT-appointed committee.Responding to the NGT order, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said the State government would file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the ruling.The State had ordered the permanent closure of the plant over alleged pollution after violent protests in May.The Tamil Nadu government order on the closure of the Sterlite plant in May in the wake of the death of 13 people, killed in police firing at a rally of protesters opposed to the plant.

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