InvestorQ : Why has Vedanta moved the Supreme Court on the Tuticorin copper plant closure?
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Why has Vedanta moved the Supreme Court on the Tuticorin copper plant closure?

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vidhya Laxmi answered.
1 month ago


The dispute is over the Tuticorin Copper Plant of Vedanta that has been shut since May 2018. Now, Vedanta has moved the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court order refusal to give permission to reopen the Vedanta copper plant.

Vedanta’s contention is that there was no justification for keeping the plant shut for so long especially when even the National Green Tribunal or NGT had also cleared the plant and allowed it to commence operations. The Tuticorin plant has been shut since May 2018.

After the NGT had allowed the plant to be opened, the Madras High Court had dismissed the order and specifically directed Vedanta not to reopen the plant. The latest decision by Vedanta to approach the Supreme Court is against this Madras High Court order.

The High Court, in its order, held Vedanta and the promoters directly responsible for the pollution in that particular area from the phosphorus. In 2018, protests against the Tuticorin plant had forced the police to open fire in which 13 had died and many were injured.

It must be remembered that Tuticorin Copper Smelter is one of the largest copper smelters in India and it accounts for a bulk of the copper supply. Due to the shutdown, India has been forced to import copper for its needs and that has been constantly highlighted by Vedanta.