Bandh observed for reopening of stone lime co

Rourkela: A 12-hour bandh was observed in Biramitrapur town of Sundargarh district today demanding reopening of a stone lime company here where production remains suspended since last month.

The century old Bisra Stone Lime (BSL), a public sector enterprise under the union ministry of steel, is closed since November 9 following an order of the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB).

The plant`s lime stone and dolomite production is suspended since then. The OSPCB had directed the BSL authorities to stop its production for want of environment clearance.

Shops and business establishments remained closed and vehicular movement was affected during the bandh called by the workers.

The INTUC led Gangapur Labour Union has demanded immediate reopening of the company for the interest of the about 1000 employees and many daily wage earners of the area who have been engaged in the mining operation.

General secretary of the union Sandip Mishra has urged the workers to observe a peaceful bandh.