A few hours later, an order was issued in which MD Nasimuddin, the principal secretary to the government, stated that the government had approved "the closure direction of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB)" under Section 18(1)(b) of the Water Act, 1974.
If Panneerselvam's hypothesis carries weight, the permanent closure of the copper plant in Tuticorin was "the main demand of the people." The principal secretary's reluctance to renew Vedanta's CTO in the TNPCB's April 9 order 9 shows how the state government's stance was implemented in letter and spirit.
The TNPCB was on the back foot as it was taken to task by a division bench comprising Justice P.
In its order of consent, the TNPCB had said that the effluent from the plant -- the water let out from the reactor -- would be in the range of 47 A C.