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

"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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