SC allows Vedanta to operate its Tamil Nadu plant to produce medical oxygen

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SC allows Vedanta to operate its Tamil Nadu plant to produce medical oxygen

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 27

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Vedanta to operate its oxygen manufacturing unit on standalone foundation at its copper plant in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, which had been closed for 3 years due to environmental causes.

The order got here from a Bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud that stated the plant could be operated for manufacturing of medical-grade oxygen solely.

The order will proceed until July 31, 2021 and additional choice could be taken after assessing the bottom state of affairs with respect to Covid, it stated.

The high courtroom took into consideration the choice taken by the Tamil Nadu authorities at an all-party assembly on Monday to permit the re-opening of the Vedanta plant for manufacturing of medical oxygen for 4 months.

As a lawyer demanded that oxygen ought to be given to Tamil Nadu, Justice Chandrachud stated, “The nation stands together in this moment. At present, Tamil Nadu’s oxygen demands are met. In case of any future need, they can approach us for changes.”

Noting that the order was handed solely in view of the nationwide want for oxygen, the highest courtroom made it clear that it might not create any equities in favour of Vedanta.

Vedanta had sought the courtroom’s permission for producing medical oxygen to be provided freed from value to hospitals needing it for remedy of Covid sufferers. Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing Vedanta, stated it might have the option to produce 200 MT of liquid oxygen inside 10 days.

Vedanta wouldn’t be allowed to enter and operate the copper smelting plant underneath the garb of this order, it stated.

It arrange a panel to oversee the reopening of Vedanta’s oxygen plant.

Earlier, in an affidavit filed within the high courtroom, the Tamil Nadu authorities had agreed to reopen Vedanta’s plant quickly for manufacturing of medical oxygen with ample safeguards.

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