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Sunday , June 10 , 2012
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Bandhs no bar for NTPC

Kokrajhar, June 9: The construction work in National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Salakati in Kokrajhar will no longer be affected by any bandhs.

Bandhs called by various organisations or parties will not be allowed to affect work at the constructions at NTPC Salakati which has already been delayed by two years.

A public meeting of the labour union of NTPC Salakati was held today. Various organisations, including student unions, social organisations and political parties attended the meeting at the project complex and supported working even during bandh days.

Other organisations which were present included the All Bodo Students’ Union, the All Koch-Rajbonshi Students’ Union, the All Bodo Student’s Minority Union, the All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam, the Birsa Commando force, the Bengali Yuva Chatra Federation, the BPF and officials from NTPC’s Salakati unit.

The meeting resolved that the construction work would not be affected because of the bandhs called by various organisation and parties in the site. The meeting also sought co-operation from the corporation authority and district administration at the sites during completions of the projects.

Assam transport minister Chandan Brahma who attended the meeting also met senior officials of NTPC and took stock of the constructions of the power projects.

“The power corporations of the NTPC are going on in a speedy manner, but continuous bandhs called by various organisation and political parties in the region have delayed the project,” Brahma said.

He said work must go on throughout the seasons. “This project is being delayed because of frequent bandhs. The project is our wealth and property through which hundreds of people will be benefited,” he said.

“Construction work should not suffer at any cost at the moment because of the bandhs. Once complete, the power project will generate 250MW by December or early 2013.

BTC executive member and president of Salakati Labour Union Derhasat Basumatary said work on the project has been delayed for nearly two years.

Explosives recovered

Security forces on Saturday recovered 12 hand grenades and six detonators from a bus coming from Darangamela to Kokrajhar, between Tamulpur and Rangia in Baksa district.

Two Santhali Liberation Army cadres, Rafael Murmu, 23, and Surja Hasda, 24, were arrested. They both were from Tamarhat Nayagaon under Gossaigaon police station in Kowere arrested.

The duo confessed of carrying the explosives in a bag.

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