Rahul Gandhi to visit Raebareli after NTPC plant explosion

Nov 02, 2017, 00:23
Rahul Gandhi to visit Raebareli after NTPC plant explosion

Union Power minister RK Singh, through social media posts, expressed deep anguish at the loss of lives and said that he had directed the NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Gurdeep Singh to rush to the site.

About 150 workers were said to be present inside the plant when the blast took place.

A National Disaster Response Force unit has been dispatched from Lucknow to assist in rescue operations.

NTPC is India's largest power utility and the plant in Uttar Pradesh is among its main units.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate Unchahar confirmed the death of four labourers.

Among those injured, 22 with severe burn injuries have been sent to the state capital Lucknow for treatment, while 15 are in another hospital within the district, Uttar Pradesh police said.

"Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and horror at the awful tragedy in Raebareli", a statement by the party said. All of them were being rushed to hospitals for treatment, he added.

Mr Khatri said the cause of the incident was not immediately known.

The CM has taken cognisance of the Unchahar accident and has directed principal secretary (home) to ensure that all steps are taken for rescue and relief, principal secretary (information) Awanish Awasthi, who is accompanying Adityanath, said.

The state government will also give Rs 50,000 for critically injured while Rs 25,000 for those who have suffered light injured. The plant has five other generating units of 210 MW each and the total installed capacity is 1,550 MW.

The scene outside the NTPC plant and at the hospitals was chaotic.

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