The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition filed by a Chinese company for winding up Sterlite Energy Limited, Tuticorin.

The Chinese company, SEPCO III Electric Power Construction Corporation, has a project site office at Baghiamal, Jharsuguda district, Odisha. It prayed for the winding up of Sterlite Energy and for the appointment of an official liquidator.

The Jharsuguda district administration has issued show cause notice to the alumina smelting and power generation unit of Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) for construction work in the area violating the provisions mentioned in Environment Protection Act, 1986.

“The construction work done by VAL at its smelter unit and power plant has invited provisions mentioned in section 15 (contravention of the act) and 16 (offenses by the company) of the environment protection act. They have been asked to reply within two weeks,” says Rabindra K Mishra, additional district magistrate of Jharsuguda district.

The state energy department has rejected the plea of Jharsuguda-based SMC Power Generation to waive off energy duty imposed on it citing the explanation provided by the company as unsatisfactory.

“It was observed that the reasons stated regarding attrition at the company were not sound enough to be considered and even the delay in documentation was on account of defects and deficiencies found at the company plant during inspection,” said Chief Secretary B K Patnaik, presiding over the meeting on SMC Power plea.

Sterlite Energy Ltd (SEL), a Vedanta group firm, has so far paid Rs 33.6 crore to the state Environment Management Fund in two tranches.

It deposited Rs 19.22 crore in August for the previous year charges and recently submitted a demand draft of Rs 14.39 crore towards the fund for the six month period between April to October 2012. According to the government policy, the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) must have to contribute six paise per unit every year to the fund for the power sold outside the state. The fund will act as an agency to reduce the carbon emission in the state.

Despite concern over the end use of both ground and river water for industrial purposes, the use of ground water for drinking, irrigation and industries in Odisha is 26.14 per cent.

The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC), under the ministry of forests and environment, has scheduled yet another meeting on Friday for clearing projects in violation of the Central Information Commiss

Villagers of Taraikela in Jharsuguda district are up in arms against Bhusan Power and Steel Limited (BPSL) over construction of an ash pond in the village.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed that an iron and steel plant near an airport in Jharsuguda district of Odisha be not allowed to reopen till allegations against it of polluting the en

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed that an iron and steel plant near an airport in Jharsuguda district of Odisha be not allowed to reopen till allegations against it of polluting the en

Vedanta Alumina Limited (VAL), on Wednesday, shut down its alumina refinery at Lanjigarh in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, and stopped feeding bauxites and started washing its tanks.

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