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12:00 AM, April 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 19, 2019


Rock extraction suspended since April 3

MGMCL authorities decide to cut rock price to increase sales

Rock extraction at Madhyapara Granite Mining Company Limited (MGMCL) remained suspended for the last 15 days due to a technical glitch.

They were not sure when the production will resume, officials said.

According to the officials of MGMCL in Parbatipur upazila, experts of Germania Trest Consortium (GTC), a contracted company, detected a technical glitch in the Winding machine on April 3. 

MGMCL is an organisation of Petrobangla. 

After failing to fix the trouble, officials of GTC decided to suspend the rock production for an indefinite period.

Officials said a technical glitch developed in the gearbox of the Winding machine and it either need \to repair or replace. The Winding machine was imported from China. 

“Nobody knows how long it will take to repair the machine,” said an official, seeking anonymity.  

GTC authorities have already communicated with the company concerned in China to fix the trouble, he said.

Managing Director (MD) of MGMCL Jabed Chowdhury said due to the technical glitch, rock production at MGMCL remained suspended for the last 15 days. 

GTC was trying its best to resume the production as early as possible.

Meanwhile, as the sale of produced hard rock has declined alarmingly in the last couple of years, MGMCL authorities has planned to cut its price to increase its daily sale. 

Currently, around six lakh tonnes of the extracted rock have remained piled up at the company yard. 

According to the officials, sale of rock started declining since the authorities concerned put a bar in carrying rock in overloaded-trucks.

As per the government’s decision, a six-wheeler truck can carry 22 tonnes of rock while a 10-wheeler can transport 30 tonnes.

MD Jabed said they will cut the rock price if the ministry concerned approve it. 


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