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Boiler Blast At Thermal Powerplant In Tamil Nadu Kills 6 People

R Vikraman, one of the directors of the power plant, said, “The boiler was not in operation. We are investigating the incident.” 

6 people were killed whereas 17 were injured suffering burn injuries in a boiler explosion at a thermal power plant in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu this morning.

The blast was reported from the government’s power plant NLC India Limited (formerly known as Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited) in Cuddalore, around 180 KMs way from the Tamil Nadu capital Chennai. This is the second blast at the power plant in the last two months.

According to officials, all those injured in this blast were taken to Apollo Hospital in Chennai.

R Vikraman, one of the directors of the power plant, said, “The boiler was not in operation. We are investigating the incident.”

“Among the sixteen injured, six are regular employees and 10 are contract workers. We are collecting details of those who died,” he further added.

Informing that he has spoken to the Chief Minister Palaniswami, Union Home Minister Amit Shah 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.”

Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, condoling the deaths, announced a relief of Rs 3 lakh for families of those who died, Rs 1 lakh for the severely injured and  Rs 50,000 for those with less severe injuries.

In a similar incident in May, 8 workers suffered burn injuries.

Employing 27,000 workers, including 15,000 contractual workers, the company generates 3,940-megawatt electricity. The plant where the blast took place accounts for 1,470 megawatts in the total generation of the company.

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