At least seven people were killed and 17 injured after a boiler exploded in a thermal power plant at Neyveli in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district on Wednesday (July 1) morning. Of the injured persons, 11 are critical, Indian Express reported.
The mishap occurred at the fifth unit of the thermal power station-II (210 MW x 7) of NLC India Limited when workers were in the process of resuming operations in the morning. The boiler that caused the blast was reportedly not in operation.
Anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to a blast at Neyveli power plant boiler in Tamil Nadu.
Praying for the earliest recovery of those injured.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 1, 2020
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced an ex-gratia of ₹3 lakhs each to families of those who died and ₹50,000 to those who sustained injuries.
This is the second boiler explosion at the thermal power plant this year. At least eight workers had been injured in a similar explosion on May 7.