As many as six people have died and 17 are injured in a explosion at a thermal power plant in Tamil Nadu Cuddalore district on Wednesday morning.
The massive explosion occurred at a boiler in stage-2 of the central government-owned NLC India Limited (formerly known as Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited), about 180 km from Chennai. The injured persons have been rushed to the NLC lignite hospital.
Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami has announce a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to each of the victims’ families while Rs 1 lakh will be given to those who suffered severe injuries and Rs 50,000 for others who were injured in the blast.
Visuals showed smoke coming out of the Neyveli plant at Cuddalore. An in-house fire-fighting team of the NLC India Limited was the first to respond to the situation. Local police and authorities had also rushed to the spot.
Sources said that a number of workers were feared trapped when the boiler exploded at the NLC India’s thermal plant.
The incident took place at the fifth unit of the thermal power station-II (210 MW x 7). The explosion happened as workers were resuming operations this morning.
The six men were aged between 25 and 42 years, according to the official cited by the news agency. The injured include employees who have sustained at least 40% burn injuries according to an initial assessment, the official said.
Union home minister Amit Shah condoled the deaths and said he has spoken to Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami and assured all possible help.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah reacted to the development and tweeted: “Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to a blast at Neyveli power plant boiler in Tamil Nadu. Have spoken to @CMOTamilNadu and assured all possible help. @CISFHQrs is already on the spot to assist the relief work. Praying for the earliest recovery of those injured.”
This is the second such incident at the Neyveli plant at Cuddalore. On 7 May also, a boiler had exploded at the same plant and 8 workers were injured in the incident. The power stations of the integrated mining-cum-power generating company are located at Neyveli in Cuddalore.