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India: Blast at National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) coal plant in Raebareli killed 29

On 1 November, 2017, the 1,550 MW Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power project, a coal-based power plant in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, met with an accident at its Unit VI, which was under construction. There was a boiler blast at this state-run National Thermal Power Corporation's (NTPC) plant that killed 29 and left scores injured. The incident raised questions about the safety procedures and preparedness of such plant  

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30 December 2017

India: Delhi Solidarity Group report finds “violation of safety norms” and “tearing hurry” at power unit as key reasons behind Nov 2017 blast

Author: Indian Express

"Safety norms violation led to NTPC Unchahar tragedy: Report," 10 December 2017

The “violation of safety norms” and the “tearing hurry” shown in commissioning a power unit were key reasons behind the 1 November blast at state-run NTPC’s...power plant in Raebareli, [that killed at least 46 and injured many] says a report [titled “How Many Deaths Will It Take”]...published by the Delhi Solidarity Group ...

...Meanwhile, an email query sent to NTPC on this report remained unanswered...

The report further said that most of the labourers had suffered burns of 50-70 per cent and ...that even if they recover from injury, they would be impaired for life and the ones with very severe burns might not live more than three to four months. The report also recommended a judicial enquiry into the accident to investigate it thoroughly and to fix responsibility on the ones who erred.

It also recommended that the government should immediately constitute a task force to ascertain the whereabouts of the missing persons and the Ministry of Power should carry out an audit of all coal power plants to ascertain the state of workers, adherence to safety measures and preparedness for...

...The reports of NTPC’s internal committee and a panel set up under Electricity Act by Power Ministry are yet to be made public.

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13 November 2017

India: Boiler blast at National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power plant in Raebareli killed 29

Author: Alok Pandey, NDTV (India)

NTPC engineers were trying to fix boiler before blast killed 29: Probe, 3 November, 2017 

Investigations into a boiler blast that killed 29 and left scores injured on [1 November, 2017] at state-run NTPC's power plant in Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh have revealed that engineers were aware of a problem in the boiler unit commissioned just months ago and were working to fix it. In a statement, NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) officials have said that "extremely high pressure" because of ash within the boiler furnace caused it to leak, producing a disaster.

"There was no explosion in the boiler, it happened outside the boiler. We were aware of an ongoing problem and that's why the generation capacity of the plant was reduced on that day," admitted...the regional executive director of NTPC...

Questions have been raised about whether, having been aware of a problem, NTPC should have shut down the unit to prevent the deadly explosion...

The 1,550-megawatt plant, with six power generating units, supplies power to six states...

The National Human Rights Commission has called for an inquiry into whether negligence caused the explosion; it has asked the...government to give a detailed report within six weeks.

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