Vedanta Limited on Monday filed a caveat before the Supreme Court requesting it to not pass any order in connection with the Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi without hearing its arguments.

The ministry prepared its notification after coming under fire from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for not finalising the ESA in the region.

Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday sought a Central grant of `5,776 crore to implement various developmental projects.

After the inspecting that lasted nearly two hours, the team visited places around the plant such as South Veerapandiapuram, D Kumaragiri and Kayaloorani.

The Tamil Nadu government is expected to submit a reply defending its position against the action taken against Sterlite.

Thoothukudi is termed one of the Non-attainment cities by Ministry of Environment primarily on the basis of excess PM10 under the National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Program.

The Union Environment Ministry has extended the 1996 CZMP at least five times in the past although the State government made vain attempts to bring new CZMP in 2013.

Considering all the factors, the tribunal has posted the matter for final hearing on August 9.

Doctors and NGOs urge the Centre and the State to ban lime or chuna in plastic sachets used in betel chewing and also acids used as cleaning agents in home.

NTECL Vallur, which is a joint venture of NTPC Ltd and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB), is located on Chennai’s outskirts in neighbouring Tiruvallur district.

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