Madurai

Reopening of Sterlite unit demanded

THOOTHUKUDI

After members of anti-Sterlite movement submitted a petition at the Collectorate on Monday demanding permanent closure of the copper smelting unit, people from 15 villagers, farmers, contract workers and lorry owners submitted petitions on Tuesday demanding reopening of the unit.

Those who are opposed to Sterlite Copper submitted the petition during the weekly grievance redressal meet on Monday seeking legally valid steps for the permanent closure of the unit. They said the Tamil Nadu Cabinet should pass a resolution for the permanent closure of Sterlite Copper.

However, on Tuesday, people from A. Kumareddiyarpuram, South Veerapandiapuram, Pandarampatti, Meelavittan, Kayaloorani, Korampallam, Sorispuram, Ayyanadaippu, Mukkani, Authoor, Kurumbur, Udangudi, Mattakkadai, Postal and Telegraph Colony and State Bank Colony, and members of the Hindu Makkal Katchi, Devendrakulam Samathuva Nala Sangam, Sterlite Pathukappu Iyakkam, Lorry Owners’ Association, Sterlite Contract Labourers’ Welfare Association and Earthmovers Owners’ Association submitted separate petitions to District Revenue Officer M. Veerappan seeking the early reopening of the plant.

“Thousands of Sterlite Copper workers and contract labourers have been rendered jobless after the closure of the unit, which has consequently crippled hundreds of ancillary units functioning in and around Thoothukudi. Moreover, hundreds of lorries, which were hired for transporting copper concentrate ore, finished products, acids and other works, remain idle and lorry workers and their families are starving. Hence steps should be taken for the immediate reopening of Sterlite Copper,” the petitioners said.

As over 1,000 supporters of Sterlite Copper gathered at the Collectorate to submit petitions, the police, led by Superintendent of Police Murali Ramba, had made extensive security arrangements.

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