TN government’s intention to close down Sterlite Copper: CM

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Chennai, June 26 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K.Palaniswami on Tuesdary reiterated his government’s intention to close down Vedanta Ltd’s copper smelter unit – Sterlite Copper – in Thoothukudi.

He also said there is no need for calling a separate meeting of the cabinet and decide on closing down of the copper smelter.

Speaking in the assembly, Palaniswami noted that the government has been taking action one after another to shut down the smelter unit like the non-renewal of consent to operate sanction by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) and the disconnection of power supply.

He also wondered whether some leaders of political parties are creating trouble in Thoothukudi, fearing the goodwill the government would earn by shuting down the smelter unit.

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Asking where was the need for a protest when the government is taking action, he said one could wonder whether the trouble was created to give a bad name to the government to gain political mileage.

Palaniswami said the government is doing what the opposition parties desire – the shutting down of the Sterlite Copper plant.



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