Jajpur: Visa steel unit in Odisha is likely to be shut down completely due to shortage of raw material in the plant.
With the order by the plant authorities to shut the unit temporarily citing shortage of raw materials and cease work notice furnished to the workers clearly indicated ongoing crisis in the plant.
Following the directive, over 1500 workers including employees sat on a dharna on Biju Patnaik Marg this morning.
The plant was temporarily shut due to halt in transport of raw materials including iron ore and chromites allegedly by the ruling BJD to all the units.
According to reports, the steel units were closed in phases in the past few days after the transport of raw materials were allegedly halted by the ruling party workers.
Almost all the units were closed by yesterday night after the company authorities issued cease work notice to 29 contractors. With the move, total 3200 employees working under the contractors will lose employment.
The blast furnace, steel melt shop (SMS), rolling mill, DRI and Ferro chrome plant have been shut due to shortage of iron ore and chromites. Despite permission to have 5500 MT iron ore and 3700 MT chromites, it could not be transported to the plant under pressure from the ruling party.
It is alleged that interference of BJD workers led by Sukinda legislator Priti Ranjan Ghadai and Kalinganagar labour union caused disruption in transport of raw materials to the plant.