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Monday, December 16th, 2019

Contract workers led by JMM MLA ‘lock up’ power plant

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ctps# As many 300 workers (including contract workers) were stranded in the DVC’s CTPS plant due to the gate blocked of the plant. But the functioning of the plant could have been hit and hunger problem will be created in front of the workers trapped in the plant if the lockout continued any later, said DVC Chief Engineer and Project Head Gautam Kumar Chanda.

Over 300 employees have been stranded (trapped) inside the Chandrapura Thermal Power Station (CTPS) at the contract workers led by JMM MLA Jagarnath Mahato locked the gates of the power station for over 20 hours since Monday midnight in support of their demands at Chandrapur in Bokaro district. The protestors have made an indefinite blocked (jam) for their five-point demands, preventing over 1500 morning and noon shift employees from entering the plant.

As many as 300 workers (including contract workers) were stranded in the DVC’s CTPS plant due to the gate blocked of the plant, informed DVC Chief Engineer and Project Head Gautam Kumar Chanda. Though, the power generation at the plant was not disrupted yet; electricity is being generated from 498 MW of power from a unit of 500 MW, he said.

“But the functioning of the plant could have been hit and hunger problem will be created in front of the workers trapped in the plant if the lockout continued any later,” added Chanda.
He appealed to agitated workers and MLA to withdraw this movement for the national interest. DVC’s local management said that DVC Chairman P K Mukhopadhyay is on move for considering their demands.

The protesters had been on a dharna at the main gate since past few days and decided to step up their agitation by locking the gates and preventing the entry of workers from Tuesday 12.30 am due to the alleged apathetic attitude of the DVC (CTPS) management towards their demand. The CTPS management including DVC Chief Engineer and Project Head Gautam Kumar Chanda, Chief Engineer RK Gupta, Deputy General Manager, Administration RR Pandey and several senior officials met with representatives of the protesters, but could not break the deadlock immediately.

MLA Jagarnath Mahato refused to return the gate jam movement as the DVC management denied ‘on spot’ accepting their demand. The officials said that we will discuss on the issued after our board meeting which scheduled to be held on 2 June, informed CTPS official. “Earlier several rounds of meetings were fixed with MLA Mahato to solve the issues of the contract workers but MLA did not turn up on any scheduled dates,” added the official.

 

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