Mumbai: In an explosion in the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) unit in Unchahar of Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli district, where a boiler tube exploded at 3:30pm on Wednesday. Nearly 26 people have reportedly lost their lives and more than 66 others are injured, as informed by Arvind Kumar, Principal Home Secretary, reported ANI.
The intensity of the explosion was so high that it triggered panic among the workers and they ran helter-skelter.
Soon the district administration rushed ambulances to the NTPC plant and directed health officials to provide speedy and immediate treatment to the injured.
Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath announced an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh for next of kin of deceased, Rs 50,000 for critically injured and Rs 25,000 for injured.
Even the Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed her shock and horror at the Lok Sabha constituency Raebareli as “terrible tragedy.”
Key points to look at:
1. The power plant’s first unit was made operational in 1988 and a fourth unit was added in April 2017.
2. In a broader view NTPC in India is the largest power utility company with a total installed capacity of 51708 MW.
3. For now, the plant has been shut down but several workers were still feared trapped under the debris as visuals showed people with severe burn injuries.
The accident occurred in the ash-handling section of the plant and with the force, the ash came gushing at a high-temperature, burying several workers, said Lalmani Verma, an engineer at NTPC.