Hits and misses summed up Day One of the 48-hour Bharat Bandh in Dhanbad and Bokaro, but the verdict tilted more towards normality.
The strike partially impacted coal production in Dhanbad and Bokaro, hit hard Tenughat Vidyut Nigam Ltd (TVNL) in the latter’s Lalpania unit due to colliery dispatch problems, crippled banking, insurance and postal sectors, but went easy on Maithon Power Limited (MPL) and Bokaro Steel Limited (BSL) and civic life.
Production in most of the 103 Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) mines was unaffected as labourers defied the strike diktat and joined duty. But work in underground collieries Dobari, Bera, Kuian, and North Tisra was partially hit as representatives of trade unions led by Central Industrial Trade Union (Citu) national vice-president S.K. Bakshi appealed to labourers to not join work. Coal production was normal in open-cast collieries at Rajapur, Ghanudih, Moonidih, Putki Balihari and Kusunda.
BCCL chief manager (public relations) R.R. Prasad said though the loss had not been tabled, production and dispatch was “normal”. Coal production was partially hit in CCL collieries in Bokaro. In Dhori, Kathara, Swan, Govindpur and Makoli collieries, attendance was around 80 per cent. Dispatch was CCL’s biggest problem.