Tamil Nadu passes order for permanent closure of Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin

Tamil Nadu passes order for permanent closure of Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin

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Following last week's violent protests over Sterlite plant in Tuticorin (also called Thoothukudi) which claimed 13 lives, DMK called for an adjournment motion in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

Before the start of the Assembly session on Tuesday, DMK leader MK Stalin with party MLAs in tow, who wore black clothes as a sign of protest outside the premises, staged protest outside the Assembly. The Tamil Nadu government is likely to come under intense fire by the Opposition parties over the Tuticorin incidents.

Meanwhile, the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) land allotted by the state government to Vedanta's Sterlite copper smelter plant, for the phase 2 of its project, has been cancelled.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam chief TTV Dhinakaran said that he will also raise the Sterlite issue in the Assembly. "People have no confidence in him. The shutdown of the plant is only a temporary relief," he said. He said that the state government should not "behave like how they behaved in the Cauvery issue".

The DMK has expressed that it is protesting over the delay in action by the Tamil Nadu government for the closure of the plant.

Soon after the issuance of the government order, top Tuticorin district officials sealed the unit premises and pasted the order at the main gate. Chief Minister EK Palanisw...

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