Protests hit coal mining & transportation in Talcher

Talcher: Coal mining and mineral transportation was affected today in Talcher following a demonstration by local residents over a 16-point charter of demands. Residents as well as members of Talcher Suraksha Manch staged dharna at various locations in the town and brought the mining operations to standstill.

Locals alleged that despite repeated pleas, the district administration ignored several problems plaguing the region.

“Unemployment is a major issue and we want the government to address it. We also demand job opportunities at the MCL for unemployed youths of families who have been displaced by the company,” said a local resident.

This apart, the protesters have also brought forward demands for tackling high level of pollution which has made life unbearable in the mining town.

Besides demanding commencement of Talcher Medical College, locals have also urged the government to make provisions for regular stoppage of express trains in the town.

“The condition of town is worsening as people are slowly leaving the area while local businesses are also suffering. We hope the government will take action or else we will be forced to launch indefinite stir,” said another local resident.