9 employees killed in fire at Srisailam hydroelectric plant; Prez, VP & PM express grief on loss of lives
Nine employees who were trapped inside the Srisailam Left Bank Hydel Power Station (SLBHP) of the Srisailam reservoir in Telangana have lost their lives in the fire accident said Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Limited, TSGENCO today.
The fire accident occurred in the 900 MW capacity hydro electric power station on the left bank of Srisailam reservoir at 10.30 pm last night. The fire broke out in the panels in unit 1 of the power station which led to the accident. The employees tried to put off the fire and save the plant from burning according to the statement issued by Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Limited.
Telangana Power Minister Jagadeeswar Reddy, TS GENCO CMD Devulapalli Prabhakar Rao, GENCO directors and senior employees rushed to the spot and monitored the rescue operations. NDRF, Singareni coal mines technicians and Telangana state fire services rushed to the plant and tried to rescue the trapped ones.
The plant is 1.2 km deep from the earth’s surface and there is only one tunnel to go there, TSGENCO said.
Meanwhile Telangana state Government has announced an exgratia payment of 50 lakh rupees to the family of the Divisional Engineer, Srinivas Goud who died in the Srisailam Hydroelectricity Power House fire accident today. Kin of others, who lost their life in the accident will be given 25 lakh rupees. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced the exgratia payment a short while ago in Hyderabad. He also announced one job to families of the deceased. The State government has ordered a CID inquiry into the incident. Additional DGP Govind Singh has been appointed as the Inquiry Officer.
President, Vice President and Prime Minister have expressed grief on the loss of lives in a fire accident at Srisailam hydroelectric plant in Telangana. In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, he is pained by the loss of lives in the tragic fire accident. He said, in this hour of grief, his thoughts are with the bereaved families and wished speedy recovery of the injured.
Vice President M Venakaiah Naidu said, he is distressed by the loss of lives in the accident and his thoughts are with the families of the bereaved.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, fire at the Srisailam hydroelectric plant is deeply unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope those injured recover at the earliest.