Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday chaired a meeting to decide on the next course of action in
the wake of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) allowing mining firm Vedanta to access the administrative unit of its Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin.
The government said in a statement that Palaniswami chaired a meeting of ministers and officials to decide on the next course of action after the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) orders on the case filed by Vedanta Ltd that owns the Sterlite copper smelter plant in Tuticorin.
Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, Forest Minister Dindigul C Sreenivasan, School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan, Electricity Minister P Thangamani, Local Administration and Rural Development Minsiter S P Velumani, Law Minister C Ve Shanmugham, Higher Education Minister K P Anbalagan, Industries Minister M C Sampath, Environment Minister K C Karuppannan, Chief Secretary Girija
Vaidyanathan, Industries Secretary K Gnanadesikan and other officials and Advocate General Vijay Narayan and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) Member-Secretary T Sekar and higher officials participated in the meeting.
The NGT on August 9 ordered access to the company officials to the administrative blocks located in the plant premises.
A couple of months back, the state government had ordered the closure of the copper smelter plant following protests and the death of 13 persons in police firing on May 22 in Tuticorin.
The NGT said the district authorities should ensure that the company does not access the plant’s production unit. The company moved the NGT, challenging the state government’s order to close the plant after Anti-sterlite protests turned violent resulting in the death of 13 people in violence and police firing on May 22.
In its interim prayer, Vedanta sought direction to the TNPCB to restore and provide minimum power supply, water and manpower access for safeguarding the emergency systems of the plant as it housed various chemicals, resins and fuels which, due to sudden closure of the plant, would pose a threat to the surroundings and the plant and machinery.