Supreme Court sets aside NGT’s order of reopening Sterlite plant in Tuticorin

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The Supreme Court said National Green Tribunal’s order has no jurisdiction to order reopening of Sterlite plant

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The plant had become the centre of controversy during May-June last year

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It faced intense protests over its failure to follow environmental norms

Protesters have alleged that the smelter was polluting ground water in their area.

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What Really Happened

1996 : Vedanta Sterlite copper smelting unit starts in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu

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March 2013 : The then CM, Jayalalithaa orders plant closure after a gas leak

NGT orders probe

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May 2015 : The Unit reopens after a favourable report

Feb 2016 : Sterlite seeks environmental clearance to expand

March 24, 2018 : About 1 lakh protest against plant reopening

March 27, 2018: Plant shuts again amid protests

April,2018 : Tamil Nadu pollution board cancels the plant licence for flouting pollution norms

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May 22 2018 : The police opened fire at a group of nearly 20,000 protesters

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It killing three persons and injuring several others.

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Sterlite copper produces about half of India's total copper output

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SC said the Tamil Nadu government and Vedanta are free to approach the Madras High Court on the matter

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