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Supreme Court refuses to stay NGT order to re-open Vedanta's Sterlite Unit

The plant has been closed since March 27, initially for maintenance and later due to the state pollution control board's refusal to give its consent to operate

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The Supreme Court has ordered the reopening of the  Vedanta Group's Sterlite copper smelter in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. The order comes as a setback for the Tamil Nadu government, which moved to the Supreme Court last week against the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order that allowed Vedanta Group to reopen its Sterlite copper smelter in Tuticorin, saying the tribunal has no jurisdiction in the matter. The Apex Court on Tuesday refused to stay NGT order to re-open Sterlite Unit. The NGT had on December 15 set aside the state government’s order to shut ...