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At Mahanadi Coalfields, coal supply impacted due to disturbances

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New Delhi: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) said on Saturday that supply of 6,000 tonnes of coal and overburden removal work of 5,000 cubic meters were impacted because of two incidents of work disturbances recently at its Talcher coalfield.

Man enters Mahanadi Coalfields mine, damages equipment

Overburden removal at Ananta opencast project (OCP) was affected on the night of October 3 as a man from Burdabanpur village unauthorisedly entered the mine premises and damaged equipment to stop dewatering operations from the sump to the external mine area, Mahanadi Coalfields said. The stoppage of dewatering operations affected coal production and overburden removal at Ananta OCP.

The same person was also involved in stone-pelting on vehicles at the mine on October 4 morning and had kidnapped two MCL employees.

Complaint has been registered

A complaint in this regard has been registered with the police by the project officer of Ananta OCP. The release of the kidnapped employees of MCL was secured on the afternoon of October 4, a spokesperson said.
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The mining operations at the Ananta OCP could be normalised only at 2:45 pm on Saturday after the sub-collector and the SDPO, Talcher, intervened.

The backdrop

Earlier, some people obstructed coal transportation from 11 am to 1 pm at Biswal Chhak near Dera village in Talcher on October 3, due to which the supply of about 6,000 tonne coal from Bhubaneswari OCP was affected. Estimated loss due to this was Rs 2.4 crore, he added.

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