The Supreme Court has given permission to Vedanta to run its closed oxygen plant at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu in view of the increasing national need for Kovid-19 cases.
New Delhi. The Supreme Court has given permission to Vedanta to run its closed oxygen plant at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu in view of the increasing national need for Kovid-19 cases. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice S Ravindra Bhat directed the Tamil Nadu government to set up a committee to oversee the operation of the plant. In May 2018, 13 people were killed in police firing on people protesting against environmental concerns caused by the company’s copper smelting work, after which the plant was shut down.
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In an order passed on Tuesday, uploaded on Wednesday, the bench said, “We are willing to approve the prayer (of Vedanta) for the running of the oxygen plant to meet the national needs during the epidemic.” The order stated, “This does not create any justification in favor of the applicant to demand or expect the operation of the entire plant in future. The current order is being passed only in view of the need to increase the availability of medical level oxygen at this time. ” Accepting the memorandum filed on behalf of Tamil Nadu, the Supreme Court has asked the state government to form a committee which will oversee the operation of the plant. The Collector of Tuticorin will be the chairman in this committee. Apart from him, the committee will have Tuticorin Superintendent of Police, Tuticorin Deputy Collector, District Environmental Engineer from the State Pollution Control Board, a government official with technical knowledge about the oxygen plant and two environmental experts.
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The apex court made it clear that the operation of the plant will be only for the purpose of producing medical oxygen and not for any other purpose. The bench said, “Under the existing order, the petitioner will not be authorized to enter the copper smelting plant or any of its appropriate facilities, not even for maintenance.” The applicant has to follow all the instructions given earlier by this court and except the alteration made under this order given for the operation of the oxygen plant.
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