Sterlite wants new team for inspection, TN govt protests

The Tamil Nadu government has opposed in the Madras High Court a plea of Sterlite Industries seeking appointment of an independent committee to inspect its copper smelter unit in Tuticorin which has been closed permanently over pollution concerns. The Madras High Court on Tuesday came close to appointing an independent committee to find out whether the State government was properly maintaining the Sterlite Copper smelting plant in Thoothukudi.

However, it finally decided to defer its decision on the issue to June 11 following stiff opposition from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB). Arguing before a bench of justices M Sathyanarayanan and M Nirmal Kumar, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) contended that the existing committee appointed by the state government may be directed to undertake the inspection in the presence of the company officials.