Thoothukudi District Collector Sandeep Nanduri has said as the National Green Tribunal-appointed committee is to begin its inspection of Sterlite Copper premises from Saturday, evacuation of the chemicals stored on the factory premises will resume under its supervision.
Talking to journalists, he said around 90 per cent of chemicals including sulphuric acid, phosphoric acid, petro products etc. were evacuated from the premises ever since the exercise began on July 2.
A huge quantity of copper concentrate (90,000 tonne), rock phosphate (5,000 tonne) and gypsum (4 lakh tonne), need to be removed, he added.
Rejecting the Tamil Nadu government’s plea to cancel the visit, the three-member independent committee, constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to decide the plea of the Vedanta Limited challenging the closure of its Sterlite copper plant, is scheduled to visit Thoothukudi on Saturday and Sunday.
The committee is also likely to hold public consultation. Quoting sources in the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), which is a party in the Sterlite case, an Express report said that the committee would arrive in Thoothukudi around 4 pm on Saturday and hold an officers’ meeting.
It would visit the Sterlite factory on Sunday morning. Meanwhile, the public consultation is planned for Sunday afternoon.