Angul: Indian power producer NTPC Ltd closed its one of the two units at its Talcher Super Thermal Power Station (TSTPS) after coal stock in its stockyard plunged as a result of a strike by local villagers. By cutting off coal transportation to NTPC’s Kaniha plant for three days by putting up a roadblock at Nua Balanda village in Odisha’s Sambalpur district. The villagers’ land had been acquired for the setting up of the thermal power plant.
The authorities at NTPC claimed that the villagers had accepted compensation for letting go of their landholding but were now demanding jobs in NTPC. “Due to the demonstration staged by the local villagers in the Lingaraj coal mine and Railway MGR line at Kaniha, coal supply to the NTPC Kaniha plant stopped. Of the total 3,000 MW units, one unit of 500 MW has been shut down due to the stoppage in coal supply,” the NTPC authorities said in a press statement. “If the coal crisis continues, power supply to Odisha and most of the southern states will be completely disrupted. The other states include Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka,” the authorities added.