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Vedanta permitted by the Supreme Court to produce oxygen at its Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu

Lawstreet Journal 28 Apr 2021 7:18pm

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On Tuesday (April 27, 2021), the Supreme Court granted Vedanta permission to restart its closed oxygen plant in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, citing a "national need" for oxygen. 

Vedanta, however, will not be permitted to join and operate its copper smelting plant under the guise of this order, according to a bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao, and S Ravindra Bhat. 

The Supreme Court ruled that since the country is in a state of emergency, there should be no political bickering over Vedanta's production of oxygen. It said that allowing Vedanta to run its oxygen plant would not result in any equity being created in its favour. 

The Supreme Court also ordered Tamil Nadu to form a panel to oversee activities at Vedanta's oxygen factory, which would include the district collector and the Tuticorin superintendent of police. This comes just one day after the Tamil Nadu government announced that the Sterlite copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi will be reopened for a four-month period to manufacture medical oxygen. 

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said, "The Thoothukudi copper smelter plant could reopen only for the production of oxygen for a period of four months. Vedanta will not be permitted to open or operate additional copper-producing plants under any circumstances. The period may be extended based on the amount of oxygen required. The government will cut off the electricity supply to the oxygen plants after the specified period.” 

In 2018, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board shut down the copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi.  At least… Continue Reading...


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