The Tamil Nadu government on Monday allowed Vedanta’s Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi district to reopen for the sole purpose of producing oxygen, officials said.
The plant will be allowed to operate temporarily for only four months, which is subject to extension on a need basis. The decision was taken after an all-party meeting.
The production of oxygen in the plant would be monitored by a panel and supply to Tamil Nadu would be prioritised.
While the state earlier opposed the plea by Vedanta Limited to reopen the plant, the change in stance comes after the demand for medical oxygen has increased due to the Covid-19 crisis in the country.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 26/04/2021