Vedanta Sterlite plant: SC to hear Tamil Nadu's appeal against NGT order on Jan 8

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New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Jan 03, 2019, 01:17 PM(IST)

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A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul said the case will be heard next week.

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear Tamil Nadu's appeal against the NGT order to reopen Vedanta Ltd's Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin on January 8.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul said the case will be heard next week.

Senior advocate CA Sundaram, appearing for Vedanta, said Tamil Nadu has filed an appeal against the NGT order so the case be heard on priority as they are facing problems with storage of sulphuric acid in the plant.

On December 15, 2018, the green tribunal had set aside Tamil Nadu government's order for closing Sterlite plant.

The NGT had directed the state government to roll-out fresh orders for the renewal of consent for Vedanta's copper smelter plant within a span of three weeks.

It also directed the firm to spend Rs 100 crore in a period of three long years for the welfare of the people residing in nearby areas.

In May last year, 13 people were killed and several injured in the alleged police firing during the violent protest against Sterlite plant in Tuticorin.

The people were protesting against the construction of the Sterlite copper plant, claiming that it was polluting groundwater, and was hazardous for the environment.

Taking note of the people`s demand, the Tamil Nadu government on May 28 ordered the closure of the plant. 

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