NEEPCO blames Meghalaya’s illegal coal mining for Kopili hydel plant accident


NEEPCO blames Meghalaya’s illegal coal mining for Kopili hydel plant accident

Nine days after the major mishap at state run-NEEPCO’s Kopili hydel plant in Assam’s Dima Hasao district where four workers are trapped since October 7 following flooding of the power station, rescuers recovered a pair of slippers, a bag and a cap on Tuesday, police said.

“The bag and the blue cap belong to my brother,” said Love John, whose 38-year-old brother Robert John, a junior engineer with NEEPCO is among the four who likely rushed to the last floor of the power station, three levels below the ground to shut the turbine off after the early morning accident and could not get out in time, according to officials. The slippers belong to Joy Sing Tisso (59), the police said.

“The rescue operation has been slow,” complained Biren Balmiki, whose father Prempal Balmiki (54), a sanitation worker with NEEPCO is among those trapped in the power station of the 275 MW plant. Read More

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