Collector Ashish Kumar said the district administration is working towards obtaining permanent order for closure of Sterlite Copper.

Addressing reporters here on Monday, the Collector said 12 individual complaints and three complaints from various associations were received following the emission of sulphur dioxide from Sterlite on March 23 in Tuticorin.

Investigations were being carried out by officials based on the notice served to Sterlite under Section 133 of Cr. P.C. on March 24. Since explanation for the cause of emission was unsatisfactory, the district administration is poised for stringent action against the company, Mr. Kumar said. Petitions seeking intervention of District Administration for revival of Sterlite Copper are pouring in since closure of the company. It has been closed since March 30. While members of self help groups and beneficiaries from its community welfare programmes gave a representation to the district administration on Monday for the reopening of the plant to safeguard their livelihood, members of Fishermen United Front, Tuticorin, sought permanent closure of the plant citing its ill–effects and pollution. As many as 250 persons including self-help group members, non-government organizations and institutions such as Industrial Training Schools submitted petitions to the District Collector for the revival.

According to a petition from Fishermen United Front, the representatives sought arrest of administrators in the pollutant company after filing criminal charges against them.

Despite causing harm to public health, pollution in form of air, land, ground water and sea water was adversely affecting livelihoods of farmers and fishermen also. Sterlite Copper was functioning on violation of rules and regulations and hence it should be closed forever in the public interest, the petition adds.

S. Joel, MDMK Tuticorin district secretary, in a statement, thanked party general secretary Vaiko, saying the leader was instrumental for the closure. The massive protest demonstration led by Mr. Vaiko against Sterlite in Tuticorin caught the attention of the State government to close down the company.

According to a statement from Sterlite Copper on Monday, the company has been associated with the communities around its plant and with the general public in Tuticorin.

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