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Two-day stir to paralyse work at 10 Talcher mines

Published by MAC on 2006-00-24

Two-day stir to paralyse work at 10 Talcher mines

Statesman News Service / ANGUL

24th january 2006

Talcher MLA Mr Mahesh Sahu has announced a 48-hour long agitation from 27 January that will paralyse all the coalmines in the area cutting off the coal supply to the power stations of NTPC in Kaniha and Nalco.

This was decided at a meeting today in Hingula temple to where people from about 60 villages had come. Mr Sahu put forth a couple of demands including the immediate implementation of all the decisions taken at a meeting of the Rehablitation Advisory Committee (RAC) regarding the employment of land oustees in MCL, NTPL and Nalco and protection of environment.

The BJP legislator told reporters here that all the 10 coalmines in Talcher would be closed and the supply to 3000 MW power station in Kaniha and Nalco would be totally cut-off by the land oustees belonging to about 50 villages in the locality.

The BJP leader assured that the stir would be peaceful. Mr Sahu also announced that a silent protest by the villagers would be held outside the sub-collector's office on 1 February.

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