Sambalpur, July 29 (LocalWire): The accidental death of three labourers at Talcher coal mines of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited has led to a protest halting trucks transporting fuel from the area, leading to partial shutdown of units at various power stations in the state.
NTPC Kaniha, which receives coal from Talcher Coalfields, has reportedly shut down two of its units, while aluminum maker Nalco is also facing fuel crisis at its plant.
Regular mining work at Talcher Coalfields has remained closed for the sixth consecutive day today.
The regional coal supplier produces around 210,000 tonnes of coal during the rainy season.
The mining and transportation work came to a grinding halt since last week, when four labourers were trapped inside after a landslide while 9 workers were injured.
‘The company has not been able to produce or dispatch coal due to the forced closure of mines.
Not even a single cubic metre of overburden has been removed during all these days, forcing mining equipment rusting,’ MCL said in a statement today.
The loss to the company due to operational stoppage for the last five days has been estimated at Rs 85.68 crores while the loss to the state and central exchequer is to the tune of around Rs 55.46 crore.
In order to meet the pent up demand, MCL is diverting two rakes of coal from Ib Valley Coalfields to NTPC, Kaniha.
It is also working to divert one rake of coal from Basundhara Coalfields to Nalco, the company said.