Thousands of NTPC employees have raised Rs 6 crore by contributing a day’s salary to support the families affected by the accident at its Unchahar station, ANI reported on Monday.
“In order to support grieving families, around 23,000 NTPC employees decided to contribute one day’s salary, which amounts to nearly Rs 6 crore,” ANI quoted NTPC as saying.
The statement from NTPC also said that the Unchahar station was “slowly recovering,” after a boiler blast in a 500MW unit left 35 people dead and scores critically injured days before the company’s anniversary on November 7.
In fact, it is being speculated that the plant kept the affected unit running for this very occasion.
A preliminary probe found that the unit had been running on less than half the total sanctioned load for over an hour when its boiler turned into a ball of fire and ash.
This suggests that the station’s engineers had a clue about the snag, much before the pressure inside the furnace forced open a section of the boiler. Read more