Thoothukudi: Sterlite CEO, Pankaj Kumar is hopeful of winning the case in their favour soon following which the company will construct its own smart school to benefit the children from the socially and economically marginalised sections in the 14 villages around the copper plant.
Sterlite copper in Thoothukudi is slowly recuperating by winning the hearts of the villagers around it after the tragedy of police firing killing 13 and injuring more than 100 an year ago on May 22, 2018, through its Rs 100 crore special package welfare schemes aiming at enhancing the natural environment and social environment.
Commenting on the progression of the ongoing programmes, Pankaj Kumar, said, "we hope to make a positive impact on the environment and benefit the people as much as we benefit by their cooperation."
The CEO of the copper major, distributing scholarship to around 1,041 students in the second phase of their Tamira Vidhyalayam project on Wednesday too said that since Sterlite is facing a case it could not immediately construct the smart school and hence give scholarships to the tune of Rs 2.8 crore this year.
However the moment the company cleared the case in its favour, Pankaj Kumar said that the construction of the Sterlite smart school would commence and come to operation by next year.
All the beneficiaries of the Sterlite scholarship programme this year would get admission in that smart school for which land is ready within the Sterlite officers' quarters — Tamira-1 in Thoothukudi.
Land is yet to be identified for the multispecialty hospital proposed by the company in Thoothukudi, according to Pankaj Kumar....