Bhubaneswar, December 21 (LocalWire): Despite losses of more than 112 crores to the state treasury, protests is still continuing at the Balada Mines of Serajuddin Company in Keonjhar.
Representatives of 3 panchayats today met Collector and SP requesting them to urgently intervene into this matter and immediately allow the company to begin transportation of the raw materials.
The company says that people of Balada, Kalimati, Nayagarh and Palasa panchayats were allotted 25% of the mineral transportation work, which had been welcomed by all the locals.
However, some locals from Balada panchayat are demanding that 80% of the transportation work be allotted to them, which the company claims is unrealistic and unfair.
People from Balada panchayat are protesting near the main gates of the mines, which has been opposed by the people from the other 3 panchayats, according to sources.
People who were engaged in the transportation work have taken loans from banks in order to buy trucks, dumpers and other machinery required. The date for the mineral transportation was affixed for 15th December.
However, due to the ongoing protests, the transportation work has not yet begun and people who had taken up bank loans for the work are now worried to pay their instalments to the Banks.
The company claims to have notified the district administration as well as the police in regards to these protests.
The police and protestors were contacted but refused to comment on this ongoing burning issue.