ANGUL: The tripartite talks notwithstanding, Kaniha coal mine was paralysed for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday resulting in financial loss to both the State Government and the Centre.
On Saturday night, there was a talk between the local administration and agitating people of Jarada village in presence of the colliery officials where it was decided that the demand of the villagers will be taken up at a higher level before November 26.
The villagers assured to discus among themselves and report to local administration about their decision whether to call off the strike or not. But, there was no communication from their side till Sunday evening. The mine is yet to resume operation.
The villagers of Jarada affected by Kaniha coal mine have been agitating since Wednesday paralysing the coal production and despatch. They have demanded immediate shifting of their village, which according to local administration is not possible due to want of resettlement site. The administration imposed Section 144 in the mines area on Friday evening but women of the village defied it and courted arrest. Later, 152 arrested women were released on bail.
The agitation at Kaniha coal mine, which produces about 40,000 tonnes per day, is a huge setback for its effort to achieve the production target during the current financial year.