Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu) : The copper smelter unit of Sterlite Industries in Tuticorin, which was shut down over two months ago, has resumed operations after the National Green Tribunal's (NGT's) exp

Country's biggest copper smelter is likely to re-open on Sunday after a two-month shutdown which was prompted by complaints from nearby residents about its emissions and has caused tightness in sup

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order allowing Sterlite Industries to recommence operation of its copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin distr

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear on Friday the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board's (TNPCB) appeal against the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) order that allowed London-listed Vedanta group fir

The National Green Tribunal, New Delhi, on Wednesday declined to grant any interim relief to Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd to reopen its copper smelter plant in Tuticorin. The unit was closed on March 29 following complaints of excessive emission of sulphur dioxide.

However, the NGT, after perusing the Expert Committee’s report, stated, “It appears that the stack and ambient air quality are within the permissible limits.”

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday refused to grant any interim relief to UK-based Vedanta Group company, Sterlite Industries Ltd, to commence operation of its copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district.

A bench headed by (NGT) Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said even though the expert committee report said the emission and ambient air quality were within prescribed limits, there is no “justification” for allowing the plant to start operating as there were claims of gas leakage from the industrial unit.

In a dramatic turn of events, the National Green Tribunal (southern region) has decided to transfer the ongoing Sterlite Industries (copper plant) imbroglio to National Green Tribunal in New Delhi, citing “circumstances did not permit us” to hear the case further in Chennai.

The tribunal, which was supposed to announce a decision on an inspection report filed by a team of four on the alleged poisonous gas leakage on Monday, has decided to transfer the case to the principal tribunal in Delhi due to unavoidable circumstances, sources pointed out.

They say people of Tuticorin have been bearing brunt of emission

NGT pulls up District Collector for not filing his counter

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) on Tuesday submitted before the National Green Tribunal, Southern Bench, here that Sterlite Industries’ copper smelter plant was not fit for operation and should not be permitted to commence operations in view of numerous incidents of excessive emissions sulphur-dioxide.

Sterlite asked to deposit Rs. 100 crore with Collector

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Sterlite copper smelter plant to deposit within three months a compensation of Rs.100 crore with the Tuticorin Collector. A Bench of Justices A.K. Patnaik and H.L. Gokhale said this amount would be put in fixed deposit in a nationalised bank for a minimum of five years, renewable as and when it expired, and the interest would be spent on suitable measures for improvement of the environment after consultation with the TNPCB and approval of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

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