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STALLED: Production was affected in the coal belt in Telangana following a bandh call given by the JAC on Friday.
STALLED: Production was affected in the coal belt in Telangana following a bandh call given by the JAC on Friday.

Special Correspondent

Thousands of workers stay away from work in 43 mines in the coal belt areas in Telangana

Bandh call was given by JAC of political parties

Production loss estimated at over Rs. 10 crore

KHAMMAM: Mining operations came to a standstill in 43 mines in the coal belt areas in Telangana as thousands of workers stayed away from work in response to the bandh call given by the Joint Action Committee of political parties.

Work, however, remained uninterrupted in about nine mines – three each in Kothagudem and Yellandu, two at Manuguru and one at Sattupalli – in Khammam district.

The bandh had little impact on the mining activity in Khammam district and the SCCL’s corporate office functioned as usual since December 25 happened to be a working day for the company.

The bandh, however, had its impact on despatches as the transporters in these areas kept their vehicles off roads crippling delivery of coal to bulk consumers.

The SCCL reported a production loss of over one lakh tonne, estimated at more than Rs. 10 crore, as work came to a stand still in 43 mines in Adilabad, Karimnagar and Warangal districts.

Flash strike

In Adilabad, Singareni coal miners from Bellampally, Mandamarri and Srirampur areas went on a flash strike from Thursday night resulting in an estimated loss of Rs. 4 crore to the Singareni management. Police arrested 27 persons across the district in cases of property damage even as the agitators damaged an excavator and tipper while a statue of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was damaged at Mancherial. Rallies and relay hunger strikes were staged during the day at various places. A tractor rally and human chain formation was staged in Adilabad by students.

30,000 workers absent

Coal production came to a grinding halt in the Ramagundam coal belt region of Karimnagar district as more than 30,000 workers abstained from duties in response to the bandh call.

The agitating members who were accompanied by Telangana supporters set fire to a dumper while eight lorries, a car and a jeep were damaged.

A railway cabin at Laxmipur village that monitors the track movement from OCP-2 to NTPC Ramagundam coal supply was also damaged.

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