SC to hear plea to carry out maintenance at Sterlite plant

premeNew Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Vedanta’s plea to carry out maintenance work at its shut Sterlite plant at Tuticorin today.

Earlier on March 27, a bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and comprising Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala scheduled the matter for hearing on April 10.

According to Sterlite’s lawyer, the company has requested for repair and restoration of its copper plant, which is getting junked due to prolonged closure, and it is also a great loss for the nation and economy.

An impleadment application has been filed in the matter by Manu Neethi Foundation, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

The plea, filed through its president, said: “Application seeks to bring to the notice of this court the impact of the closure of Vedanta’s copper plant on the surrounding areas, its people and their right to earn a livelihood. The effort here is not to support any kind of illegality but to show that such closures of large plants after many years of functioning result in large-scale devastation of people dependent on them.”

“This court may take judicial notice of the fact that such large industrial plants, like large infrastructure projects, once established, attract other smaller but lifesaving investments resulting in small businesses and commercial cum trading activities. These in turn result in establishing support institutions like schools, hospitals, markets etc. Together, the economy of the area develops strongly, generating employment for thousands and incomes to sustain them.”