Villagers’ Unrest : Balram OCP in Talcher continues to suffer, as mines in Sundergarh get a sigh of relief

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Talcher : Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) continued to suffer due to illegal stoppage of mining operations by villagers at Hingula Area of Talcher coalfields in Angul district, while the residents of Tumlia village today called off their strike at company’s Basundhara Area in Sundergarh district of Odisha.
Coal despatch at Balram OCP was forcibly stopped by the villagers on 6th of October, while they stopped over burden removal at “mahalakshmi patch” on 10th of October and coal production from the mine was stopped from second shift on 12th of October.
This illegal stoppage of despatch operations has affected daily coal supply of 10,000 tonne to the consumers, including NALCO, JITPL, JSPL, BSL and GMR.
Up till now, about one lakh tonne coal supply, around 30,000 tonne coal production and more than 1.6 lakh tonne of over burden removal has been affected from Balram OCP.
Meanwhile, at Basundhara Area of company in Sundergarh district, residents of Tumlia village called off their strike after three days this afternoon.
Stoppage of mining operations at Kulda OCP, Garjanbahal OCP and Basundhara West OCP of Basundhara Area had affected daily target of 53,000 tonne coal production from Basundhara area of comapny..
Work stoppage of just one hour at a coal mine of MCL costs crore of rupees to the company and increases problem of fuel shortage at many coal consumers, particularly the thermal power generators.

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