Bhubaneswar, Dec 17 (LocalWire): The protests by some people at Balada iron ore mining area in Keonjhar district has hit iron ore transportation in the area, sources said.
The Sirajuddin Company started excavating the mine this year, which it says is in accordance with the legal agreement between them and the state government. They are to pay a premium of 118.05 per cent to the government.
The company says that workers involved in the mining have been provided with adequate wages and other benefits as per the rules, for which the locals have also gotten involved in the work.
Enough raw material has been mined and is ready to be sent to various factories and other destinations. The company, however, is unable to send the raw material to the industries.
“A handful of people are continuing to blockade the passage of raw materials, without the support of majority of the locals,” a supporter said.
He said that the loss to the state government’s revenue due to the ongoing protests has already touched 50 crores, while it will climb to more than 131 crores if the blockade continues for a week.
The company has lodged a complaint with the local Bamebari police station, alleging that the police is supporting the protestors instead of streamlining the transportation of minerals and maintaining law and order.
The protesting people could not be contacted for comment.
Long-running mining and transportation disruptions in the area are hindering the economic development of the area, supporters of the company said.
The state government’s efforts to attract more investments by creating an industry-friendly environment is being hampered by protests, if the ongoing incidents at Balada iron ore mining area have any indication.