BOKARO: Despite police intervention and chief minister Hemant Soren’s directives to Bokaro DC Uma Shanker Singh to immediately resolve the crisis at Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) and power plants in Bermo sub-division owing to transporters’ strike, the matter is still hanging in balance.

The transporters’ strike in Bokaro stalled coal transportation from CCL mines for the last 28 days, resulting in huge loss of revenue for the company. Police have been deployed at the weighing centre of CCL projects including the Dhori project from where coal is dispatched. The CCL management is trying to take help of police to resume coal dispatch from the mines.

However, MLA Dumri, Jagarnath Mahto has acquainted chief minister Hemant Soren of the strike which seems to have has breached peace in this industrial town.

The Bermo Truck Owners Association is not ready to operate their vehicles until and unless CCL management revise the present rates.

President of the association, Satyendar Singh, said CCL has lodged three FIRs against them on baseless charges. “This is how they want to put pressure on dumper owners,” he said On the other hand, the district administration has asked the management to revise the rates. Bermo SDO Rahul Kumar Sinha said they are making efforts to solve the issue soon.

The strike is also likely to affect the Chandrapura Thermal Power Station (CTPS) and Bokaro Thermal Power Station ( BTPS), two power units of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). While coal supply has been disturbed following transporters indefinite strike Congress workers have also blocked transport of ash. The transporters had gone on an indefinite strike after SDO, Bermo, Rahul Kumar Sinha stopped plying of overloaded coal laden trucks in Bermo.

Meanwhile, buoyed by its continued high rate of production, Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) is scheduled to take up four new projects this fiscal. The four new projects are Magadh (20 Million Tonne capacity), Amrapali (12 MT), Konar (3.5 MT) and North Urimara (Birsa-3 MT), CCL chairman-cum-managing director Gopal Singh said.

Courtesy: THE TIMES OF INDIA

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