Sambalpur, Aug 4 (LocalWire) The State-run Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, one of the major coal producing companies in the country, has suffered coal value loss to the tune of Rs 213 crore following a 12-day long strike at the Talcher coalfields of the company.
Besides the company has incurred cumulative operational losses running up to 21.04 lakh tones of coal, 24.20 lakh tones of despatch and 20.54 lakh Cubic Metre of over burden removal exercise, a released issued today by the coal major said.
Incidentally the ongoing agitation first spearheaded by BJP cadres and subsequently by Biju Janata Dal are demanding safety of coal miners in the wake of mining tragedy on July 24 in which four workers were killed and nine others injured in a landslide at an open cast mine.
As the mining operation has come to a standstill for almost a fortnight, it has indirectly affected power generation loss to the tune of 3339.04 Million Units, as power producers are facing shortage of coal, the release maintained.
Consequent with the disruption of coal mining, NTPC, Kaniha has to shutdownfour of its six units while Talcher Thermal Power Plant (TTPS) is currently running at 50 per cent of Plant Load factor (PLF).
Major Power Plants in Southern India namely, APGENCO, APPDCL in Andhra Pradesh, TANGEDCO, Neyvelli Lignite Corporation and NTEL ( A joint venture of NTPC & TNEB) in Tamil Nadu, and KPCL in Karnataka all have reported depleting stocks of coal and are on the verge of closing their units.
The Talcher Truck Owners’ Association, Talcher, called on the Collector, Angul, yesterday and submitted their memorandum seeking his intervention for restoring normalcy in Talcher coalfields.
About 5,000 trucks, primarily engaged in transportation of coal, are stranded in Talcher due to ongoing stoppage by some of the villagers.
Even the 15,000 employees of MCL and the 10,000 Contractual Employees working in MCL are undergoing hardship since all offices and mines have forcibly been closed down by the protesters.
The company, with 144 million tonne coal production during 2018-19, is the second largest coal producing subsidiary of Coal India Limited, contributing 20 per cent to the total dry fuel produced in the country.