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Sterlite expects to reopen Tuticorin plant in next few months

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Wednesday expressed hope that it will resume operations in the next couple of months at its which was shut after 13 people died during protests a year ago.

On May 22, 2018, anti-Sterlite protests turned violent with the agitators fighting pitched battles with the police and 13 people were killed in police firing.

was observed in Tuticorin Wednesday, with scores of locals turning up to remember the victims.

"We are hopeful of starting the plant in next couple of months," told PTI over phone.

The protesters were demanding the closure of Vedanta's unit in Tuticorin over pollution concerns.

Kumar, however, was of the view that "high current was created by some vested interests to show that we are not complying to environment. But the fact is that we are much below the standard set up by board."

He further said the company has incurred financial losses to the tune of USD 400 million till date due to closure of operations at its smelter unit at Tuticorin.

"More than our loss, it is the country's loss," he said.

Earlier in the month during a conference call, Vedanta's had said, "As you are aware, the consent to operate at Tuticorin was not approved and we have engaged with the authorities with the responses to some of the questions which they raised and we believe the resolution for this should happen soon."

had said its operations at Tuticorin were shut as its application for renewal of consent to operate has not been approved.

"We are working with the regulatory body to provide the required clarifications in order to obtain a positive outcome for our application," the company said.

The victims were Wednesday remembered by their near and dear ones and others who lit candles before their portraits.

The later allowed the opening of the copper unit, but the had on February 18 set aside the order. It, however, gave liberty to Sterlite to approach the high court against the closure order.

Last month, the government opposed in the a plea of seeking appointment of an independent committee to inspect its copper smelter unit in Tuticorin which has been closed permanently over pollution concerns.

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First Published: Wed, May 22 2019. 17:56 IST