9 feared trapped as fireplace breaks out at Telangana hydel energy plant

Hyderabad, August 21

Nine individuals are feared trapped in Srisailam hydroelectric plant positioned underground on the Telangana-Andhra Pradesh border after a hearth broke out on Thursday night time and “huge smoke” was stopping rescue personnel from coming into in, officers stated on Friday.

Nagarkurnool district Collector L Sharman stated three fireplace engines have been engaged in extinguishing the large smoke emanating from the plant’s premises.

While Chief Minister Ok Chandrasekhar Rao was monitoring the rescue work by means of his cupboard colleague, Union Minister of State for Home, Kishan Reddy, stated he had requested the NDRF to hitch the rescue efforts.

“There is huge smoke and because of it we are not able to enter the plant premises. By 11 am we expect to enter the plant,” Sharman advised PTI, including that 9 individuals, together with seven workers members, are caught.

Those caught embrace a deputy engineer and an assistant engineer.

“Our main target is to rescue them…we are not able to contact them because they are not carrying mobile phones and there is no mobile network,” he stated.

Quoting preliminary data, he stated short-circuit is suspected to have precipitated the fireplace.

According to B Suresh, Chief Engineer of Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (GENCO), there have been almost 25 individuals on the energy home when the mishap passed off.

However, about 15 or 16 managed to come back out.

A police official stated six individuals had been admitted to native hospitals for remedy for suffocation.

Built on the Krishna, the Srisailam Left Bank energy station, about 200 km from Hyderabad, is operated by the Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (GENCO).

The plant has six models with a mixed capability of 900 MW (6X150). The energy technology was in full swing following the incessant rains in the course of the previous few days.

Power technology has been suspended following the fireplace mishap.

The fireplace has been introduced underneath management however thick smoke engulfed the underground space of the powerhouse making rescue operations troublesome, officers stated.

Two of the 9 who’re trapped belong to a personal agency that maintains batteries, officers stated.

“There are three emergency exits in the pant. There is a possibility that they (trapped) can come out through them. But we cannot say until the smoke is cleared and the rescue teams can go inside,” Suresh stated.

The plant is positioned in a one-km-long tunnel and the fireplace is suspected to have damaged out on the service bay space within the Main Control Room, a Fire Department official stated.

“We were not able to reach the site as dense smoke engulfed the area. As of now, we are trying to put off small patches of fire here and there at the transformer area,” the official stated.

Telangana Energy minister Jagadish Reddy stated personnel from police, fireplace and emergency companies division are concerned within the rescue operations.

Officials of the Singareni collieries have additionally been contacted for his or her assist since they’ve experience in underground rescue operations, he added.

Chief Minister Rao expressed shock over the accident.

“The CM is eliciting information on the accident on a regular basis. The CM wants all those who are trapped in the plant to come out safely,” a press launch from his workplace stated.

Rao spoke to Minister Jagdish Reddy and Transco, Genco CMD D Prabhakar Rao who’re on the website and reviewed the aid measures going down there, it stated.

Kishan Reddy stated he spoke to the NDRF personnel and directed them to instantly become involved in rescue operations.

“Saddened by the fire accident in the Hydel Power Generation Unit on the left banks of Srisailam, Telangana. Spoke to the NDRF personnel and directed them for immediate rescue operations. Prayers for early recovery of the injured,” he stated in an announcement.

Telangana BJP in an announcement demanded the federal government to place to make use of all sources to offer medical help to the injured instantly, and guarantee rescue and aid are undertaken on conflict footing to search out those that are nonetheless caught contained in the plant. PTIĀ 

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