This Article is From Oct 01, 2019

Coal India Stops Work As Locals Spar Over Animal Death In Odisha

Coal transportation at Talcher coalfields, one of India's biggest, came to a halt after locals from a nearby village protested after a goat was killed in an accident

Coal India Stops Work As Locals Spar Over Animal Death In Odisha

Operations were halted for three-and-a-half-hours at Talcher coalfields

Bhubaneswar:

Protests by locals over a trespassing goat killed in an accident halted operations and cost Coal India unit Mahanadi Coalfield Ltd Rs 2.68 crore, a spokesman said on Tuesday. "It's surprising, but true. A goat can also cost you," MCL spokesman Dikken Mehra's statement read.

Coal transportation at Talcher coalfields, one of India's biggest, came to a halt after locals from a nearby village protested against the killing of a goat in an accident in a prohibited mining zone.

Operations were halted for three-and-a-half-hours, and resumed only after police intervened, Mr Mehra said. Coal India has lodged a complaint at the local police station against the protesters.

"People from the peripheral localities deliberately trespassing into the coal mine and overburden areas to pick coal, firewood and even graze their livestock remains a cause of concern," Mr Mehra said.