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Sterlite says it will approach TN govt for reopening copper

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Vedanta group firm Sterlite Industries Tuesday said it will approach the government for necessary approvals for restarting its copper unit in Tuticorin, hours after the paved the way for its reopening by declining to stay a green tribunal order.

Sterlite said it was looking forward for the restart of "one of the best Copper smelters of the world as we remain committed towards world class environmental standards."

"We are approaching the for necessary approvals for restarting the smelter as per the directions," a statement from Sterlite said.

Earlier Tuesday, the apex court refused to stay the December 15 order of the setting aside the state government's decision to close the copper plant which was at the centre of massive protests over pollution concerns.

A bench comprising Justices R F and also stayed the December 21, 2018 status quo order issued by the bench of in respect of re-opening the plant.

It said the directions of the NGT would continue to subsist and will be subject to the ultimate outcome of the appeal filed by the government and sought Sterlite's response on the appeal.

Sterlite thanked the people of Tuticorin for their 'support', saying it will go a long way in promoting socio-economic development in the region.

The has moved the top court against the December 15, 2018 order of the NGT, saying the tribunal had "erroneously" set aside various orders passed by the Tamil Nadu Board (TNPCB) last year with regard to the

It 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.

The NGT had set aside the state government's May 28 last order for permanent closure of the plant, saying it was "non sustainable" and "unjustified".

The issued the closure order after violent protests against the copper plant in Tuticorin led to death of 13 people in police firing on May 22 and 23 last year.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 21:20 IST