The National Green Tribunal on 31 May 2013 gave approval to Sterlite Industries Ltd, the UK-based Vedanta Group company so that it can start operations of copper plant in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu.
A bench of Justices headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar cleared it that the copper plant unit of Sterlite Industries Ltd will start its operation in presence of the committee which was established by the National Green Tribunal.
The panel of the committee will have four members which will be one member of engineer from Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), Member Secretary of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as well as two members of IIT, Madras.
The CEO of Sterlite Industries Ltd, P. Ramnath explained that Sterlite Copper, which is a four-lakh-tonne-a-year smelter, will begin to operate with full capacity just after a week of its production.
Background of the case
The Sterlite Copper unit was shut down following an order of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board on 29 March 2013. There were complaints of throat irritation as well as eye irritation from public, due to which the unit was closed.
Sterlite Industries Ltd, in turn appealed to Southern Bench of the Tribunal. The Southern Bench of the Tribunal in response, constituted the two-member expert committee in April 2013 in order to assess the emission safety systems of the factory.
The expert committee panel then submitted the report on 29 April 2013 after which the case was given to Principal Bench in New Delhi.