Talcher Coalfields restart production after 3-day-long shutdown

New Delhi: Talcher Coalfields, which belongs to the Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), has restarted production following the Talcher Surakhya Manch’s (TSM) decision to call off its indefinite strike. This follows a statement made by Piyush Goyal, Minister for Coal, Power and Renewable Energy, where he said that the shutdown had already resulted in a substantial loss in the production of coal.

In a letter to Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Goyal said that the frequent disruption of operations in the region was also affecting the investment climate in the state. The strike was suspended after discussions between Angul Collector Anil Kumar Samal and TSM and MCL officials. TSM president Murali Sahu confirmed a meeting with the Chief Secretary to consider their demands. “All stakeholders, including officials from Railways, MCL and NTPC will attend the meeting,” he said.All the eight mines at Talcher were completely shut for the past three days because of the strike.   

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Earlier, Goyal called on the Odisha CM to resolve operations in the coalfields to avoid further losses. "It (strike) has reached the stage wherein mines safety has been adversely affected and may worsen as the machine deployed in mines may get submerged due to stoppage of pumping operations," Goyal said. "This has already caused loss of coal production of more than 1 MT (million tonnes) at the rate of more than 3 lakh tonnes per day," Goyal wrote. "By December 2018, MCL has already suffered production loss of nearly 20 MT, which has resulted in a revenue loss of about Rs 1,130 crore to the government of Odisha.”

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