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Anti-Sterlite protest: Madras High court stays Vedanta plant expansion
The interim order by the bench of Justices M Sundar and Anita Sumanth came amid ongoing protests against the expansion plans of the plant and demands for its closure over pollution concerns.

  Observing that “the economic benefits of encouraging industries cannot be ignored” but “the toll extracted on available resources, water and soil regimes by such industries cannot also be lost sight of” and given that there is “another stakeholder… one that is invisible in the array of parties, the environment… (the) hapless party”, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court Wednesday stayed the expansion of the Sterlite Copper smelter plant of the Vedanta group in Tuticorin.

The interim order by the bench of Justices M Sundar and Anita Sumanth came amid ongoing protests against the expansion plans of the plant and demands for its closure over pollution concerns. A day earlier, at least nine persons were killed — the toll climbed to 12 Wednesday — after police opened fire on protesters following violent clashes.

The bench passed the order on a petition filed by Fathima Babu, a retired professor and resident of Tuticorin. The judges said “the application for renewal of EC (environmental clearance) submitted by Vedanta shall be processed expeditiously after conduct of mandatory public hearing. In any event, the application shall be decided by the appropriate authorities within a period of four months from today i.e. on or before 23.09.2018.”
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