Talcher: Coal production and supply from Talcher Coalfields of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) remained paralysed for the ninth consecutive day today in the wake of Bhartapur mishap on July 23.
As many as four persons died in the mishap when a portion of earth broke loose trapping 13 workers and machinery at work in Bharatpur landslide.
While the supporters of a political outfit called off stir after talks with district administration and MCL authorities, villagers allegedly disrupted the mining operations at all the mines in Talcher coalfields.
Talcher coalfields produce an average of 2.1 lakh tonne coal per day during this rainy season. Officials said that disruption of mining activities has also caused revenue loss of Rs 13.8 crore to the State and Centre exchequers.
NTPC Kaniha has reportedly shut three of its units due to a shortage of coal, while NALCO is also facing fuel crisis at its plant.
Officials apprehended, the power plants in other parts of the country, particularly in Southern states, will soon be facing fuel storage if similar situation prevails in coming days.