Ground water in Vedanta's Thoothukudi smelter contains heavy metals, says minister
Updated : July 24, 2018 06:15 AM IST
The smelter was shut down in May under order of the Tamil Nadu government after 13 people died after coming under police fire during violent protests over alleged pollution.
The analysis of ground water samples showed the presence of iron, lead, fluoride, cadmium and nickel above the permissible limit for drinking water.
Vedanta's Indian subsidiary has sought an injunction against the Tamil Nadu state government to stop it interfering with the operations of its copper smelter and has asked an environmental court to set aside the order to shut the plant permanently.