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NTPC blast toll rises to 26; PM Modi approves ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh

Contractual labourers claimed they had forewarned about the ‘impending’ disaster at the unit-six as the temperature near the furnace was steadily rising.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2017 19:06 IST
A patient is being shifted to New Delhi from SIPS hospital in Lucknow on Thursday.
A patient is being shifted to New Delhi from SIPS hospital in Lucknow on Thursday.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

The toll in the massive explosion in a boiler at the state-run power giant NTPC’s Unchahar plant here has risen to 26, a senior official said Thursday. (Highlights)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has taken a break from his ongoing Navsarjan Yatra in poll-bound Gujarat and is visiting Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh to meet the families of victims of the explosion.

Rae Bareli is the parliamentary constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who has expressed shock at the “terrible tragedy”.

While chief minister Yogi Adityanath is abroad, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma will be visiting Rae Bareli in the afternoon.

UP principal secretary (home) Arvind Kumar said the toll in the NTPC boiler blast has risen to 26.

The NTPC has initiated a probe to ascertain the reasons behind the blast. Contractual labourers raised slogans on Thursday against the NTPC management. They claimed they had forewarned about the “impending” disaster at the unit-six as the temperature near the furnace was steadily rising.

The chief minister announced on Wednesday Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the grievously injured.

In a statement, the NTPC has said at unit number six of its Unchahar plant, there was a sudden abnormal sound at 20-meter elevation around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.

There was an opening in corner number two from which gases and steam “escaped” affecting the people working around the area, the central public sector undertaking said.

It added that around 80 people were rushed to the NTPC hospital, most of whom were discharged after first-aid.

The 1,550-MW plant supplies electricity to nine states, according to officials, and employs around 870 people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said he was “deeply pained” by the accident at the power plant.

Union power minister RK Singh, through social media posts, expressed deep anguish at the loss of lives and said that he had directed NTPC chairman and managing director Gurdeep Singh to rush to the site.