NGT sets up independent body to probe Sterlite case

NGT sets up independent body to probe Sterlite case

The National Green Tribunal today constituted an ‘independent body’ to decide Vedanta Limited’s plea challenging the Tamil Nadu government’s order to permanently close the Sterlite copper plant at Thoothukudi.

NGT remitted today mining company Vedanta’s plea, challenging closure of its Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin, to a committee headed by a former judge.

A bench headed by chairperson A K Goel, said that the committee will also include representatives of the Central Pollution Control Board and the Environment Ministry.

Meanwhile, India TV News quoted mining major Vedanta as saying that it will “evaluate further course of action” only after it receives the Madras High Court’s notice to the group’s Sterlite Copper plant on a petition seeking INR 750 crore compensation.

The Supreme court has directed the National Green Tribunal to reconsider Tamil Nadu Government’s petition challenging maintainability and merit of Vedanta Ltd’s case filed with the NGT challenging the state government’s order permanently closing the factory in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.

Earlier, NGT had ordered Tamilnadu government to submit a detailed scientific report on the pollution caused by the plant by 20 August (today). The State government today asked the panel to allow 10 more days time to collect data regarding groundwater level and contamination surrounding the Sterlite plant. The NGT, however, refused to allow more time for the State government.