Over 500 truck owners on Monday frustrated the efforts of the Sesa Goa Vedanta to resume ore transportation at its Codli mine, although there was strong posse of IRB and police personnel at the site.
Some 220 police and IRB personnel were deployed at the gate of the Codli mine from 7.30 am onwards, where deputy collector, Dharbandora, Agnelo Fernandes was also present.
Fernandes checked with company officials, who gave in writing that they don’t want to resume ore transportation. The company will inform the authorities as when it will
resume the ore transportation.
Thereafter Fernandes told media persons that they were withdrawing police protection given for resumption of the transportation.
Over 500 truck owners camped at the gate of the mine to frustrate ore transportation. Sanvordem sarpanch Sandip Pauskar said that as the company has decided against resuming the ore transportation, the agitation has been temporarily suspended.
“But if the company tries to transport ore forcibly then the agitating truck owners will oppose it vehemently,” he said.
He also said the MLAs of Sanvordem, Curchorem and Sanguem are rallying behind the truck owners.
Sanvordem MLA Deepak Pauskar said the issue will be discussed with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar again, most probably on Tuesday, to find an amicable solution.
Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral told ‘The Navhind Times’ that he is with the truck owners, and reiterated his stand that ore transportation should be resumed first before rates are finalised.