Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Talcher, Aug 29:
A 48-hour economic blockade launched by Talcher Surakshya Manch here demanding fulfillment of a 12-point charter of demands disrupted coal mining and transportation in the town.
Due to the economic blockade, coal mining and transportation remained closed at all mines of MCL. It also posed difficulties in transporting coal to NTPC and NALCO via trains and trucks, sources said.
“The average production of MCL is 210,000-220,000 tonnes daily in Talcher area. However, there was no production and dispatch due to the ongoing strike,” said an MCL official.
Members of the manch were seen staging protest in front of the offices of NTPC and MCL.
Commencement of classes at Talcher medical college from this year, rehabilitation of people affected by industrialization, revival of Talcher fertilizer plant and establishment of special coal corridor here are the prime demands of the manch.
The economic blockade began from 5 am this morning and would continue till 5 am on August 31.