New Delhi (NVI): The Supreme Court has allowed Sterlite copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu to run an oxygen plant to help the country in tackling the shortage of oxygen amid the lingering Covid surge and second wave of pandemic.
Justice DY Chandrachud, who was part of the bench hearing the case, said there is a “national crisis”. “People are dying…. We have to get the local community on our side,” he said.
To recall, the smelting plant owned by Vedanta, was closed after violent protests in 2018 over alleged pollution in which 13 demonstrators were killed.
The Apex Court’s decision comes a day after Tamil Nadu government held an all-party meet yesterday and resolved to allow Sterlite Industries in Tuticorin to produce oxygen for a four-month period.