A massive explosion has been reported at a boiler in Neyveli lignite plant in Tamil Nadu killing at least six people and leaving 17 injured. All the injured persons were immediately taken to the nearby NLC Hospital for treatment. The explosion took place in Unit V of the thermal power station-II of the NLC India Ltd. (NLCIL) in Cuddalore on Wednesday.
The rescue team of Cuddalore rushed to the place and also the district administration to assess the situation. Officials are trying to find out the exact cause of the blast. The recent blast occurs for the second time within two months. On May 7, another explosion occurred in Unit VI, killing five persons.
Among the 17 injured, 16 were referred to Chennai with more than 40% burns. According to the NLCIL sources, “Unit V shut down after it tripped on Tuesday night. The workers and engineering staff were attempting to revive it when a fire broke out in the boiler, resulting in the explosion.”
Following the incident, power generation was stalled in the unit. However, all other units in the station along with other power plants are working normally. The NLCIL said in a statement, “Unit V of TPS-II, Neyveli, was under shutdown, and maintenance activities were under way when a fire broke out in the boiler, followed by an explosion. The explosion caused injuries to the NLCIL maintenance team comprising one executive, two supervisors, three non-executive employees and 17 contract workmen.”
“Out of the 23 injured, six workmen engaged by a contractor succumbed to injuries on the spot. The other 17 injured were immediately rushed to the NLCIL hospital. Of them, 16 were referred to Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, for further higher specialty treatment, while one with minor injuries is being treated at the NLCIL hospital,” NLCIL added.
Meanwhile, the relatives of the six contract workmen already protested claiming the accident was due to management’s negligence. The family members have demanded strict action against the officials of Unit V and also compensation of the families, besides a job to a family member.