Controversial copper plant to reopen in India

A copper plant that has been at the centre of controversy over environmental damage in India is set to reopen.

The plant in the southern port city of Tuticorin was closed in May after police killed 13 people amid protests by residents.

The locals allege the smelter was polluting ground water in the area and threatened the fishing industry.

The plant, Sterlite Copper, is a subsidiary of the UK-based Vedanta conglomerate.

Vedanta has denied the allegations and India’s Supreme Court has ordered the reopening of the plant.

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