Boiler blast at power plant kills several workers, injures scores

Posted November 02, 2017

An unfortunate accident in the boiler of 500MW under trial unit of NTPC- Unchahar occurred this afternoon.

At least 12 people were killed and dozens more injured in an explosion on Wednesday at a thermal power plant in northern India, officials have said. He said security forces are deployed in and around of plant and large number of ambulances have been pressed into operation to shift injured to hospitals.

The 1,550 megawatt (MW) plant supplies electricity to nine states, according to the company's website, and employs 870 people.

The injured have been admitted to the district hospital.

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Among those injured, 22 with severe burn injuries have been sent to the state capital Lucknow for treatment, while 15 are in another hospital within the district, Uttar Pradesh police said. "Urge the authorities to provide immediate help to the injured", he said in a tweet in Hindi.

The National Thermal Power corporation plant is also called as Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Plant. this power plant is one of the coal-based power plants of NTPC. The area is under the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

A senior police official told the media that 10 bodies have been recovered so far from the site.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on an official visit to Mauritius, expressed grief and said that no stone would be left unturned with regard to rescue and relief efforts.

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The grievously injured will receive Rs 50,000 and others who sustained injuries will receive Rs 25,000 as compensation.

The plant, with five units of 210 MW each, started generating power in 1988.

The CM also expressed his condolences on the death of NTPC workers in the accident.

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