Sterlite is the cause of high SO2 levels in Thoothukudi.
FACT: The levels of SO2 recorded in Cuddalore District is the highest in the state. There are multiple sources of SO2 pollution in Thoothukudi. In addition to SO2 pollution generated by vehicles, the city is also home to 6 power plants, which generate ~4000 MW of power. Of this, Sterlite only generates 160 MW of power.
Sterlite’s SO2 emissions which are within the prescribed norms constitute to only 2.6% of the total industry based emissions in Thoothukudi.
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