Chennai, Dec 20: Sterlite CEO P Ramnath on Thursday said the Copper Smelter Plant at Tuticorin would be opened in two months after getting clearance from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) and the State government.
Talking to reporters here, he said the company, armed with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order, directing opening of the plant, had already approached the TNPCB and the Tamil Nadu government seeking permission for re-opening the plant, which was closed through a GO after the Anti-sterlite protests turned violent, resulting in the death of 13 people in police firing on May 22.
He said based on the recommendations of the expert committee headed by Tarun Agarwal, the NGT had on December 15 ordered opening of the plant.
Passing orders on an appeal filed by the Vedanta Limited against the GO, a Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel had set aside the GO and termed the closure as “unjustifiable.”
It also directed Vedanta to utilise Rs 100 crore over the next three years for the “welfare of the inhabitants” of the port city.
The Bench also directed the TNPCB to pass fresh order of renewal of consent for the Sterlite plant and said the company was also entitled for restoration of electricity for its operations.
It also said the Company should comply with the suggestions put forth by the NGT-appointed committee, while directing it to deposit Rs 25 crore for inappropriate handling of copper slag. (UNI)