Sterlite row : Land allotted for Vedanta company cancelled

UNI
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Chennai: A day after issuing a Government Order (GO) permanently closing down and sealing the Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant at Tuticorin, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday cancelled the 342.22 acres of land allotted for the Vedanta Limited, which owns the plant. 

Chennai: A day after issuing a Government Order (GO) permanently closing down and sealing the Sterlite Copper Smelter Plant at Tuticorin, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday cancelled the 342.22 acres of land allotted for the Vedanta Limited, which owns the plant. 

In a letter to M/s Vedanta Limited, the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (SIPCOT) said there have been a series of agitations and protest against the establishment of Copper Smelter Plant Phase-II, expressing concerns about the pollution caused by the existing plant of the Vedanta Limited. 

''The people of the area have also been raising concerns about their health on account of the operations of the plant'', it said. 

As the allotment of the land for the proposed expansion has been made by SIPCOT, in larger public interest, the land allotment made for the proposed expansion of Copper Smelter Plant Phase-II by M/s Vedanta Limited was hereby cancelled, it said. 

''The land price collected for the said land allotment will be refunded as per norms of SIPTCOT'', the letter signed by the SIPCOT Managing Director said. 

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