Talcher, Jan 25: Talcher Surakshya Manch staged economic blockade in the town asking a charter of demands to be fulfilled. The Blockade has put as many as eight coal projects in a halt with no production and transportation of coal.
As per the sources, Talcher Surakshya Manch, a forum of elite citizens had submitted memoranda to the district administration to undertake various development proposals. The forum laid its demands to establish a new plant with the existing Thermal Power Plant (TTPS).
Apart from it, the Mancha demanded immediate employment to the land losers and homesteads, to complete Angul-Talcher Rail loop along with due provision of covering coal wagons as a measure to prevent pollution within Talcher coal-corridor.
As on agenda they blocked all ways of coal production from all the coal mines in and around Talcher. Similarly, they did not allow coal transport system in eight mines.
As on the late afternoon, Coal production and translocation Kalinga, Hingula, Kaniha, Mohanadi, Bhubaneswari, Lingaraj, Bharatpur, Ananta, Jagannath and Balaram open cast mines are at pause.
As a consequence, the coal based projects like TTPS, NTPC Kaniha, JITPL, Derang including Nalco are unable to have the required coal feed from these mines.