NGT says committee to decide fate of shut Vedanta copper smelter
Updated : August 20, 2018 03:21 PM IST
Tamil Nadu ordered the permanent closure of the plant and disconnected its power supply in May following protests that turned violent and culminated in the police opening fire on protesters, killing 13 of them.
The company has denied that the plant, India's second biggest copper smelter located in the port city of Thoothukudi, pollutes the area.
National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairman Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the committee, including representatives from Vedanta, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and the federal environment ministry, will look into the matter afresh.