Rourkela, Nov 30 (LocalWire): With Mahabandh called by All-Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) paralyzing life in western Odisha, coal production and dispatches from different units of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd. (MCL), under Sundargarh and Jharsuguda districts, came to a grinding halt on Thursday.
The bandh was called in demand of establishment of permanent bench of Odisha High Court in western Odisha.
While Sundargarh and other parts of the district joined the bandh on Thursday, Rourkela Bar Association refrained from the agitation.
According to sources, bandh activists staged road blockade at two locations, on Biju Express Way and also at Sundargarh Vasundhara road on Thursday, due to which hundreds of vehicles were left stranded.
The roads wore a deserted look with rarely a two wheeler plying.
All shops and commercial establishments remained closed in Sundargarh and other areas of the district.
Private offices were closed immediately after picketing by protesters.
Significantly, coal production and dispatches at various mines of MCL were adversely affected by the Mahabandh.
“Due to the Mahabandh, production and dispatches at all our mines in Sundargarh and Jharsuguda were stopped on Thursday,” said D Mehera, Public Relations Officer, MCL.
“We produce about 1.6 lakh ton coal in the mines in the two districts, which stopped on Thursday,” Mehera added.
Meanwhile, activists thanks public for making the bandh a success.
“We are thankful to the public of western Odisha, for giving such overwhelming and spontaneous support to Mahabandh,” said Ashok Das, convener of Western Odisha Lawyers’ Federation.