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Sterlite to approach TN govt for approvals to restart copper unit at Tuticorin

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tuesday said it would approach the government for necessary approvals to restart the copper smelter at Tuticorin.

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.

"We are pleased that Supreme Court, post hearing of the matter today (Tuesday), has passed an order to uphold the NGT's order dated Dec 15, 2018 which has paved way for reopening of our copper smelter at Tuticorin and rejected the plea of seeking stay of NGT order and it's proceedings," the company said in a statement.

The company said that it would approach the for necessary approvals for restarting the smelter as per directions.

"This is an important development for both the smelter and the surrounding communities, which will allow those affected by the closure to regain their livelihood and to help meet India's copper needs," it said.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 22:12 IST