Eight dead, 100 injured in blast at NTPC power plant

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10 dead over 70 injured in blast at NTPC’s Unchahar plant

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

"There was a loud explosion in the boiler.we did not get time to run to safety", Prasad (30), who suffered burns on his arms and other parts of the body, said, as he writhed in pain on his bed at the district hospital in Raebareli.

The coal-fired plant is owned by India's biggest power utility NTPC Ltd, and police officer Dhananjay Singh said the plant, has now been shut down.

According to the Raebareli District Magistrate the pipe had exploded due to pressure.

A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was also despatched to the explosion site from Lucknow for relief and rescue operations, an official said.

This plant was originally set up by the then UP State Electricity Board (UPSEB) and commissioned in 1986.

Meanwhile, the injured have been transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Ambulances were dispatched immediately after the incident.

Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the NTPC explosion and directed the Principal Secretary of the state home department to take all the rescue and relief measures.

Former Samajwadi Party MLA Manoj Pandey alleged NTPC management discriminated between higher officials and labourers in providing medical assistance. By late evening, the Congress vice president, however, decided that he should be in the constituency that has sent his mother Sonia Gandhi to the Lok Sabha since 2004.

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

The plant has a capacity of 840 MW (2 x 210 + 2 x 210 MW) in Stage I & II and 210 MW (1 x 210 MW) in Stage III.

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