Strike worries power sector

Bokaro: The five-day strike called by Coal India workers affected production at Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) in Bermo sub-division and Bharat Coking Coal (BCCL) in Dhanbad on Tuesday. The agitation has also raised concerns of power plants situated in the districts.

Production and dispatch of coal at all the 19 CCL mines, including Dhori, Kathara, Bokaro and Kargili, and washeries and a BCCL coal mine in Damodar have come to a grinding halt.

Production stopped at all the underground and opencast mines affecting supply to thermal power plants in Bokaro. The coal dispatch to other states through railway remained suspended throughout the day in CCL areas, said a company official on condition of anonymity.

General secretary of United Coal Workers’ Union, Lakhanlal Mahto, said more than 12,000 workers are engaged in three CCL areas here. Majority of them abstained from work. “The strike is successful as production in all the mines was stopped,” he said.

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