SMM12, 11 March: the authorities in Tamil Nadu failed to comply with procedures before closing the smelter, according to a panel of experts set up in November by the National Green Court of India (informally known as the Environment Court). Adarsh Kumar Goel, chairman of the National Green Court, said on Monday that the decision on the smelter would be uploaded to the court's website within a week. The case will not be heard further. Last week, CS Vaidyanathan, a lawyer for the Tamil Nadu pollution Control Board, questioned the group's powers and decided to lift the ban on smelters in the southern town of Thoothukudi. Aryama Sundaram, a lawyer for Vedanta, told the court last week that the company would invest 1 billion rupees ($14 million) to build hospitals and schools for people living near the smelter.
[SMM translator] whether the Vedanta copper smelter can be restarted depends on the decision of the Indian Environment Court next week.