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3 Chinese techies held for Balco mishap

Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times  Raipur, January 11, 2010
First Published: 19:45 IST(11/1/2010) | Last Updated: 02:31 IST(12/1/2010)

Three senior Chinese officials were arrested by the police in Korba, about 225 km north of Raipur on Monday, in connection with the collapse of under-construction chimney of Bharat Aluminum Company (Balco) that killed 45 workers previous year on September 23.

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The arrested officials of a Chinese company Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation (Sepco), which was given the contract of 1200 MW power project of Balco, include project in-charge and Manager Wu Chunnan, and two civil engineers Wang Weiquing and Liu Gaokuance.

Korba superintendent of police Ratanlal Dangi told Hindustan Times that all the three have been produced before the local court of judicial magistrate first class and they were sent to judicial remand. The court had rejected the bail application of the three foreign officials.

"The arrest of three Chinese officials is based on the findings of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Raipur, which was constituted after the chimney mishap. The police will produce the chargesheet before the court against the Chinese officials soon", the SP said.

The NIT observed that the materials used were of sub-standard quality, technical fault in design, soil testing done at the chimney site did not meet the Indian Standard Code, poor workmanship, improper water curing of the under-construction chimney, negligence in supervision and monitoring, Dangi informed.

This is for the first time the Chinese officials were arrested by Chhattisgarh police. With the arrest of three officials, seven people have so far been arrested in connection with the incident.
 
Bagging the contract from Balco, the Sepco assigned the task to Gannon Dunkerley & Company Limited (GDCL) for construction of a 275-metre chimney for the power plant at a cost of 44 crores. The chimney caved-in when it reached the height of 240 metres. The Sepco and GDCL officials fled the Korba city after the mishap on September 23. But, they were forced to return as their presence was needed by the police during the investigation.

The four earlier arrested in November '08 included project manager of GDCL, Manoj Sharma, three officials of the Vedanta Inc - Vice-President and Project Manager Viral Mehta, Assistant General Manager (project) Deepak Narang and graduate trainee engineer Anoop Mahapatra.

Balco is owned by the London-based Vendanta Resouces Plc, in which the Government of India holds 49 per cent stake.

Three senior Chinese officials were arrested by the police in Korba, about 225 km north of Raipur on Monday, in connection with the collapse of under-construction chimney of Bharat Aluminum Company (Balco) that killed 45 workers previous year on September 23.

The arrested officials of a Chinese company Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation (Sepco), which was given the contract of 1200 MW power project of Balco, include project in-charge and Manager Wu Chunnan, and two civil engineers Wang Weiquing and Liu Gaokuance.

Korba superintendent of police Ratanlal Dangi told Hindustan Times that all the three have been produced before the local court of judicial magistrate first class and they were sent to judicial remand. The court had rejected the bail application of the three foreign officials.

"The arrest of three Chinese officials is based on the findings of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Raipur, which was constituted after the chimney mishap. The police will produce the chargesheet before the court against the Chinese officials soon", the SP said.

The NIT observed that the materials used were of sub-standard quality, technical fault in design, soil testing done at the chimney site did not meet the Indian Standard Code, poor workmanship, improper water curing of the under-construction chimney, negligence in supervision and monitoring, Dangi informed.

This is for the first time the Chinese officials were arrested by Chhattisgarh police. With the arrest of three officials today, seven people have so far been arrested in connection with the incident.
 
Bagging the contract from Balco, the Sepco assigned the task to Gannon Dunkerley & Company Limited (GDCL) for construction of a 275-metre chimney for the power plant at a cost of 44 crores. The chimney caved-in when it reached the height of 240 metres. The Sepco and GDCL officials fled the Korba city after the mishap on September 23. But, they were forced to return as their presence was needed by the police during the investigation.

The four earlier arrested in November 08 included project manager of GDCL, Manoj Sharma, three officials of the Vedanta Inc - Vice-President and Project Manager Viral Mehta, Assistant General Manager (project) Deepak Narang and graduate trainee engineer Anoop Mahapatra.

Balco is owned by the London-based Vendanta Resouces Plc, in which the Government of India holds 49 per cent stake.


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