Boiler blast at power plant kills several workers, injures scores

Boiler blast at power plant kills several workers, injures scores

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken took cognizance of the explosion and directed the Principal Secretary Home to ensure all steps for rescue and relief must be executed.

The explosion occured late afternoon in one of the boilers at the plant in Unchahar - about 110 kms away from UP state capital of Lucknow.

Around 80 people were rushed to the NTPC hospital and most were discharged after receiving first-aid treatment.

NTPC issued a statement, confirming the blast.

SDM Uchahar has confirmed the death of three labourers. He has said that a team of NDRF consisting 32 rescuers has reached Unchahar from Lucknow to conduct relief and rescue operation.

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The accident occurred in the ash-handling section of the plant and ash gushed out at high-temperature, burying several workers, said Lalmani Verma, an engineer at NTPC.

"Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and horror at the bad tragedy in Raebareli", a statement by the party said.

The injured are being rushed to nearby hospitals, police have said.

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

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

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Rahul, who was in Gujarat on Wednesday for the election campaigning, took to Twitter and said, "Due to the unfortunate NTPC accident, I will visit Rae Bareli tomorrow morning".

The power's first unit was commissioned in 1998 and the last and sixth unit was commissioned in 2006.

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

The plant derives its power from coal source in North Karanpura and water from Sarda Sahayak Canal. He is a member of 101Reporters.com, a pan-India network of grassroots reporters.

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