Sterlite Copper Plant Will Stay Shut Says Supreme Court

The Sterlite copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu’s, Tuticorin will remain shut said the Supreme Court.

The copper plant had closed last year after protests alleging pollution, the Vedanta group owned plant approached the Supreme Court to reopen the plant after National Green Tribunal ordered it’s reopening.

The Supreme Court said it has no jurisdiction to entertain the case, it asked the Vedanta Group to approach the Madras High Court.

The Sterlite plant was made to shut down by the Tamil Nadu Government in May last year, after violent protests erupted killing 13 when police open fired.

The Tamil Nadu government had ordered the state pollution control board to seal and “permanently” close the plant. Then electricity supply was also snapped off by the state authorities.

Locals claim that the copper smelting unit was polluting the groundwater in the area causing many serious diseases to people.