TALCHER: Normal life was hit in Talcher on Tuesday following the bandh called by members of Talcher Bar Association for establishment of a medical college by MCL.
Coal production and dispatch from nine coal mines of MCL was affected. However, two power stations of NTPC functioned normally though there was no coal supply to them.
The agitators stopped vehicular traffic on National Highway and trains at Talcher railway station. “The bandh was total and peaceful. We want the proposed medical colleges and hospital to be made operational this year as mentioned in the MoU signed between State Government and MCL in March 2014,” said Santosh Kumar Sahu, the association president. Five platoons of police force had been deployed to prevent any untoward situation during the bandh.
Meanwhile, Coal India Chairman S Bhattacharya arrived at Bhubaneswar on Tuesday and held talks with Chief Secretary GC Pati over the issue. MCL CMD AN Sahay was present.