Bhubaneswar: Normal life has come to a standstill in the coal town of Talcher as locals under the aegis of the Talcher Suraksha Parishad are now observing a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh in protest against inaction of both the Central and State Governments regarding their safety living.
The underground vacuum created due to coalmining has not been filled with sand by the Mahanadi Coal Field, a Central PSU, for long for which subsidence is occurring often, alleged locals. Despite repeated appraisals and shutdowns, neither the Union Government has directed the MCL to fill the vacuum nor the State Government is taking any step for safety living of residents in Talcher, they alleged further.
All political parties, various civil society organisations, Talcher Truck Owners’ Association, Talcher Bus Owners’ Association and common people have supported the bandh, which has remained peaceful so far.
Schools, colleges, business establishments, banks and Government offices have remained closed. Vehicular movement has been stopped. Coal supply to TTPS and NTPC plants have also been stopped due to the bandh, according to reports.
It may be noted that a portion of a veranda of a building had subsided to 8 foot deep in the Talcher town recently. Incidences of ground subsidence have been reported many times.