November 1, 2017, one of the worst day for India. More than 20 people killed and 100 got injured in a blast at National Thermal Power Plant Corporation in Uttar Pradesh. The number of dead and injured may rise as many are believed to be trapped inside the unit. Many of the injured have suffered severe burns. The blast happened because the boiler pipe burst in the 500 MW power generating unit that started operating in March at the plant in Unchahar, which is nearly 30 years old.
You won’t believe that the sight was horrific. As a massive fire broke out and a huge ball of dust rose after the explosion, making rescue difficult. NTPC said in a statement that,
“There was sudden abnormal sound at 20 mt. elevation and there was an opening…from which hot flue gases and steam escaped affecting the people working around the area.”
Currently, the plant has now been shut down. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has also been sent. The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the families of those who lost their lives and Rs 50,000 for the grievously injured.
What makes the explosion one of the worst of its kind is that the unit was still being tested for operations. In the power plant, the automatic gate of Boiler was opened without alerting the workers. One of the injured workers told, “The engineers alert the workers before opening the boiler’s gate, this is a routine process, but today (Wednesday) we do not get alerted. This boiler was not completed yet, but the work of generating electricity was started. ”