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1,300 tonnes of sulphuric acid removed from Sterlite plant after leakage

Following violence and police firing on May 22 and 23, in which 13 people died, the plant was closed by state government

Press Trust of India  |  Tuticorin 

Sterlite, Thoothukudi
The Sterlite Copper plant in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu | Photo: PTI

Days after a sulphuric acid leak was detected at plant in Tuticorin, a top district official said on Saturday that 1,300 tonnes of the liquid have been removed so far from the premises.

Speaking to reporters here, the district collector Sandeep Nanduri said so far 1,300 tonnes of sulphuric acid has been removed in 75 tankers.

On June 17, authorities had said leak of sulphuric acid was detected at the Sterlite's copper plant in Tuticorin triggering fear among residents.

plant had filed a petition in the Madurai Bench of the seeking access to authorised persons to its premises in Tuticorin to plug the leak and evacuate hazardous chemicals with police protection.

The copper firm moved the plea stating that the leakage could be due to sabotage.

Following violence and police firing on May 22 and 23, in which 13 people died, the plant was closed by the state government.

First Published: Sat, June 23 2018. 17:50 IST
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