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NTPC Unchahar plant explosion as it happened: Death toll up to 18; PM Modi says situation being closely monitored
  • 15:32 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh government orders probe

    State authorities have ordered an inquiry to determine within seven days the cause of a blast. Sanjay Kumar Khatri, a top government official of Raebareli district, told Reuters that a magisterial inquiry has been initiated.

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Power minister RK Singh went to the district hospital to visit injured

  • 15:01 (IST)

    More bodies buried under rubble, allege workers protesting at the explosion site

    The families of labourers working at NTPC’s Unchahar plant have launched a protest outside the complex, alleging that many more bodies are buried under the ash and rubble inside the plant but the authorities are not doing anything to retrieve them, News18 reported.

    Protesting labourers and families claimed that several workers who were working inside the plant when the blast happened are still unaccounted for.

  • 14:55 (IST)

    In pictures: Rahul Gandhi surveys the blast site

  • 14:33 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi demands government job for kin of deceased

    After meeting the families of victims, Rahul Gandhi demanded better compensation and a government job for them. He further said that the workers that there should be a proper probe and the guilty should be punished.

  • 14:28 (IST)

    RK Singh forms committee for detailed probe

  • 14:08 (IST)

    Congress to demand probe into plant explosion

    "People are saying that it (the plant unit) was run early (before schedule). It should not have been run that way. We will demand a probe," the Congress vice-president told reporters.

  • 14:06 (IST)

    In Picture: Rahul Gandhi meets family members of the victims

  • 13:58 (IST)

    Ghulam Nabi Azad demands probe into safety standards

    Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who accompanied Rahul Gandhi to the blast site, said that allegations by workers over safety standards should be probed.

  • 13:57 (IST)

    Workers warned officials about a possible disaster

    A worker from Jharkhand told DNA that a couple of them had complained to the head of the boiler that something was choking the boiler and steam pipes. Workers also claimed to have submitted a written request asking to shut down the unit.

  • 13:42 (IST)

    Unchahar plant had recently set a national record

    Unchahar plant, which has reported an explosion, had recently set a national record with 686 days of continuous generation by its 210 MW Unit-I surpassing APL Mundra achievement.

  • 13:34 (IST)

    RK Singh announces compensation for kin of deceased

    Union power minister RK Singh announced Rs 20 lakh for family of workers killed in the blast, Rs 10 lakh for critically injured and Rs 5 lakh for labourers with minor injuries, reported Hindustan Times.

  • 13:26 (IST)

    NTPC shuts down Unchahar plant unit after blast

    NTPC on Thursday said it has shut a 500 MW unit at its Unchahar coal-fired power station in Rae Bareli after the explosion. "This is to inform that Unit-6 (500 MW) of Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Station, Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, is under shutdown after an accident in the evening of 1 November. The other five units of the station are operating normally," NTPC said in a statement.  -PTI

  • 13:10 (IST)

    NTPC announces ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for kin of deceased

    The NTPC has announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the families of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh for the seriously injured.

    NTPC has also said that it will bear all medical expenses of the people injured in the tragedy.

  • 13:06 (IST)

  • 13:06 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi cuts short Gujarat trip, visits tragedy site

  • 12:37 (IST)

    The Unchahar plant supplies power to nine states

    The 1,550-megawatt (MW) plant in the town of Unchahar supplies electricity to nine states, according to NTCP’s website. But the company said other facilities would make up the shortfall and outages were unlikely. — Reuters

  • 12:34 (IST)

  • 12:15 (IST)

    Prime minister approves ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each for kin of victims

  • 11:48 (IST)

  • 11:48 (IST)

    Other five units of the NTPC station operating normally

    "Unit#6 (500 MW) of Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Station, Raebareli, UP, is under shutdown after an accident in the evening of 01.11.2017. The other five units of the station are operating normally," said a statement from the NTPC PRO.

  • 11:34 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 26

    ANI UP quoted Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar as saying that the death toll in the NTPC explosion had risen to 26.

  • 10:54 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi in Raebareli district hospital

  • 10:51 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi meets victims' families in Raebareli

  • 10:46 (IST)

    Operations at NTPC unit number 6 continued till Wednesday whereas they were supposed to be stopped on 28 October

  • 10:44 (IST)

    Boiler safety protocols were not followed, sources tell News18

  • 10:42 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi arrives in Raebareli

  • 10:32 (IST)

    Air ambulances land at Lucknow airport

    Two air ambulances have already landed and three others are on their way.

  • 10:31 (IST)

    Workers protest at NTPC plant gate

    Image courtesy: Madhav Singh

  • 10:21 (IST)

    Updates begin for 2 November

  • 22:11 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 18, 22 people with severe burn injuries referred to Lucknow

  • 21:53 (IST)

    PM Modi tweets condolences to NTPC victims, says govt closely monitoring situation

  • 21:51 (IST)

    Samajwadi Party former MLA, Manoj Pandey alleges NTPC management discriminated between higher offcials, labourers in providing medical assistance

  • 21:33 (IST)

    15 patients being treated in Lucknow hospitals

    Seven patients were brought at the King George medical college in Lucknow, four people were taken to civil hospital and four others are recieveing treatment at Balram hospital. 

  • 21:29 (IST)

    Over 50 Ambulances pressed into service; extra beds reserved in Rae Bareli, Lucknow, Balrampur hospitals: Siddharth nath Singh

  • 21:27 (IST)

    Rescue operations being carried out at NTPC plant

    Image courtesy: Madhav Singh 101 reporters

  • 21:20 (IST)

    NTPC has high safety records, incident very unusual, says former Power Secy

    “An incident involving a high pressure and high temperature area can have serious repercussions. This appears to be a very unusual incident because NTPC has a high record of safety. Let us wait for the investigation report,” says Anil Razdan, India’s former power secretary, reported Hindustan Times

  • 21:17 (IST)

    Boiler plant where explosion occurred was setup just 7 months ago

    According to NDTV, the boiler plant unit where the explosion was opened just 7 months ago in March. The plant was built by BHEL and was still under trial. 

  • 21:06 (IST)

    Watch: Labour Union leader alleges oversight of safety measures, management apathy

  • 20:49 (IST)

  • 20:47 (IST)

    NTPC management sets up enquiry panel to probe incident

  • 20:44 (IST)

    Union Power Minister RK Singh likely to visit Unchahar tomorrow

  • 20:34 (IST)

    Watch: Visuals from just after the explosion at NTPC plant in Unchahar

    Credit: Madhav Singh, 101Reporters

  • 20:06 (IST)

  • 20:06 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 14: ANI

  • 20:05 (IST)

    UP Labour Minister Swami Prasad Maurya leaves for Unchahar

    Uttar Pradesh Labour Minister Swami Prasad Maurya has left for Unchahar plant after the explosion. The chief minister of the state, Yogi Adityanath is right now on an official tour to Mauritius. 

  • 19:29 (IST)

    Watch: Latest visuals from the explosion site

  • 19:28 (IST)

    Death toll rises to 12: DD News

  • 19:18 (IST)

    Watch: Statement of UP ADG (Law and Order)

  • 19:15 (IST)

    32-member NDRF team pressed into service for relief ops

Nine were killed and over 100 injured in an industrial boiler tube explosion at National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC's) Unchahar unit at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

According to CNN-News 18, the boiler plant was under trial. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the state's chief secretary to ensure rescue and relief operations at the earliest.

Last year, in a major accident, three contract labourers were killed on the spot when they were trying to remove a coal blockage at the coal mill area of the 500 MW fourth unit of the NTPC, Ramagundam, The Hindu reported.

 NTPC Unchahar plant explosion as it happened: Death toll up to 18; PM Modi says situation being closely monitored

Representational image. Image courtesy: AIR

In another incident in October 2016, three contract labourers from Punjab were crushed to death when a 100-tonne girder, being fitted in the upcoming power station of the NTPC, fell on them, Business Standard reported.

According to NTPC's preliminary assessment, the girder crash may have occurred after it broke from the supporting cables of the crane when it was in the process of being installed in the boiler room of the the 1,320 MW plant in Ahirwadi area.

NTPC's Unchahar plant is a coal-based power station that provides power to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttranchal.

The power's first unit was commissioned in 1998 and the last and sixt unit was commissioned in 2006.

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. The plant derives its power from coal source in North Karanpura and water from Sarda Sahayak Canal.

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Updated Date: Nov 02, 2017 15:32:24 IST