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SC paves way for re-opening of Sterlite plant in Tuticorin

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Tuesday paved the way for the re-opening of Vedanta's plant at Tuticorin, which was at the centre of massive protests over pollution concerns, by refusing to stay the green tribunal order that had set aside the government's decision to close it.

The apex court also stayed the December 21, 2018 decision of the bench of which had ordered status quo in respect of re-opening the plant.

"The impugned order dated December 21, 2018 passed by the Bench of the shall remain stayed," a bench comprising Justices R F and said.

"The directions that have been passed by the National Green Tribunal, by its judgment dated December 15, 2018, will continue to subsist and will be subject to the ultimate outcome of the appeal," it said.

The top court also sought response from Vedanta on the state government's appeal against the (NGT) order to reopen the plant.

The state had moved the top court saying that the NGT had "erroneously" set aside various orders passed by the Board (TNPCB) last year with regard to the

It had said the tribunal had consequentially directed the TNPCB to pass fresh orders of renewal of consent and issue authorisation to handle hazardous to the Vedanta Limited.

On December 15 last year, the NGT had set aside the state government's order for closure of the plant, saying it was "non sustainable" and "unjustified"

At least 13 people were killed and several injured on May 22 last year when police had opened fire on a huge crowd of people protesting against environment pollution being allegedly caused by the factory.

The government had, on May 28 last year, ordered the board to seal and "permanently" close the group's copper plant following violent protests over pollution concerns.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 20:45 IST