Rojalin Mishra

Bhadrak: Normal life has been affected in the district due to a six-hour bandh called by BJP today over the State government's delay in allotment of land for Indian Oil’s proposed polyester yarn unit in Bhadrak district.

District BJP members have been observing the bandh from 6 AM to 12 PM to press for allotment of 75 acres of land for the proposed textile project in Bhadrak.

BJP Mahila Morcha Member, Manasmita Khuntia said “The Chief Minister is encouraging anti-industries policies in the state. Though the State government signed the MoU, it is not allotting required land at Bhandaripokhari for the commencement of the project. We want to know when textile project will start in Bhadrak district.”

The protestors further threatened to intensify their agitation in the coming days if their demands are not fulfilled at the earliest, added sources.

Vehicular movement came to a grinding halt in the district due to the bandh as the protestors staged road blockade on NH-16 near Banta Chhak since early morning. Members of the organisation also staged a ‘rail roko’ agitation at Manjuri road affecting rail services.

Markets, business establishments, educational institutions, courts and government offices remained closed during the bandh. However, emergency services were exempted from the shutdown.

Meanwhile, the district administration took adequate security measures to avoid any untoward incident.

Sources said the Bhadrak Textile Project was initiated by Indian Oil after an agreement was signed with the State government on November 16, 2017.