The Unchahar Accident That Has Claimed 29 Lives – With Whom Does The Onus Rest?

The Unchahar Accident That Has Claimed 29 Lives – With Whom Does The Onus Rest?

The 500 MW unit six of the Feroze Gandhi Unchahar Thermal Power Station at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh that exploded on Wednesday (1 November) and has claimed 29 lives so far, was a newly supplied unit by state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) that was commissioned in March and declared commercial in September.

Commercial operations were declared in the presence of independent engineers who checked machinery for 72 hours before declaring it commercial.

Reports cited National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) officials as saying that its engineers don’t have much of a role when the operations of the unit were declared commercial in September, as the process happened in the presence of independent engineers. Read More…

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