Mining company Vedanta Ltd yesterday welcomed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order to resume operations at the company's facility in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu and said those affected by the plant's closure will get back their source of livelihood.
Chief Executive Officer of Vedanta Ltd's Sterlite Copper Plant, P Ramnath issued a statement to show gratitude to NGT and people of Thoothukudi.
'Those affected by closure will get back source of livelihood'
"We welcome the order given by the National Green Tribunal on allowing us to resume operations of our copper smelter at Thoothukudi," the statement read.
P Ramnath further said in the statement, "We are happy that all those affected by the closure will get back their source of livelihood and the town of Thoothukudi will revert back to normalcy."
We'll continue to work for the welfare of communities: Ramnath
Stating that the company had been operating smelter by adapting "best practices" followed globally, the official noted, "We thank the people of Thoothukudi for the faith reposed in us and for their support."
"We will continue to work for the welfare of the communities around the region and remain committed to grow sustainably along with the people of Thoothukudi," he said.
TN Government to challenge NGT order in Supreme Court
The National Green Tribunal yesterday set aside the Tamil Nadu government order for closure of Vedanta Ltd's Sterlite Copper Plant at Tuticorin, which was at the center of massive protests over alleged pollution, saying it was "non-sustainable" and "unjustified".
The state government, meanwhile, said it would challenge in the Supreme Court the NGT order in the wake of protests by locals.