Land oustees block coal supply to NTPC power plant

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Angul, Nov 6 (UNI) Coal supply to NTPC-Kaniha power plant came to halt today following a rail blockade by land oustees asking for jobs and fulfillment of their other demands.

About 70 land losers, substantially affected by NTPC, resorted to rail blockade at Ambamunda village near here, blocking the coal movement to the NTPC power plant since this morning.

The effort of local administration and police to break the strike failed to yield any result as the land oustees remained adamant in their demand.

Land oustee leader Dhaneswar Sahu alleged that they had to go for the agitation as the promises made by the authority had not yet been fulfilled even after one year.

He announced that the rail blockade would continue indefinitely.

Local MLA Mahesh Sahu, who went to the spot, expressed support for the demonstrators.

Official sources said the stir had not affected power generation in the plant as it has enough coal stock in its stockyard. Five rakes of coal, dispatched from Lingaraj Coal mine, had been detained en route due to blockade.

Mr Sahu said a year ago also a similar agitation was launched against NTPC on the job and more allocation on peripheral front. The NTPC then promised at a meeting, chaired by the Angul Collector, to take up their demands with their corporate offices but nothing happened till date forcing them to go for another agitation, he added.

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