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Bandh throws life out of gear in Talcher

Devdiscourse News Desk Talcher
Updated: 19-12-2018 16:50 IST
Bandh throws life out of gear in Talcher

The dawn-to-dusk Talcher shutdown called by a citizens' body demanding steps to contain air pollution and land subsidence affected vehicular movement and train services in the town on Wednesday.

The band was called by Talcher Surakshya Samiti.

Vehicular movement in the town located in Angul district came to a grinding halt as the bandh supporters staged road blockade and picketing at several places places, police said.

The shutdown also affected train services. Some trains were delayed as activists of the samiti staged a 'rail roko'.

Shops, business establishments, markets, educational institutions and offices remained closed in the town located in Angul district.

However, emergency services including ambulance and healthcare facilities were kept out of the purview of the bandh, a police official said adding the bandh remained peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere.

Convenor of the samiti, Balaram Kunda said the shutdown was called to press for a four-point charter of demands including immediate safety measures in underground coal mines and to prevent land subsidence.

The samiti demanded that the administration take necessary steps to control pollution of Brahmani river water and air pollution level in the area.

(With inputs from agencies.)