A scene at NTPC’s Unchahar Power Plant where a blast took place, in Raebareli district. (Source: PTI)

NTPC Shuts Unchahar Plant Unit After Blast Claims 26 Lives

India's largest power producer NTPC Ltd. today said it has shut a 500-MW unit at its Unchahar coal-fired power station in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, after an explosion killed 26 people and injured several others.

The 1,550-MW plant, which supplies electricity to nine states, had reported an explosion in the furnace beneath the boiler yesterday.

“This is to inform that Unit-6 (500 MW) of Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Station, Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, is under shutdown after an accident in the evening of Nov. 1. The other five units of the station are operating normally," NTPC said in a statement.

The company had yesterday said it has initiated a probe to ascertain the reasons behind the blast.

At around 3.30 p.m. yesterday, “there was sudden abnormal sound at 20-meter elevation,” it had said in a statement. "There was opening in corner No.2 from which hot flue gases and steam escaped affecting the people working around the area."

Around 80 people were rushed to NTPC hospital, most of them were discharged after giving first-aid, it added. The plant employs around 870 people.

“All possible measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the families of affected people in close coordination with the district administration,” NTPC said.