Toll rises to 13 in NLC boiler explosion

Chennai: The death toll in the boiler explosion at NLC India has risen to 13 with a worker succumbing to injuries at a hospital in Chennai today.

While six men died when a fire broke out in the boiler area subsequent to an explosion at the fifth unit of the Thermal Power Station-II on 1 July, the remaining died later.

The explosion occurred at the TPS-II when workers were in the process of resuming operations which includes maintenance work following a shutdown.

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakh to the families of each of the six workers who were killed and an assistance of Rs one lakh and Rs 50,000 to those who suffered serious and mild injuries respectively.

The government said late last week that NLC India’s Director, Power has been asked to immediately proceed on leave till the finalisation of the inquiry into the boiler explosion.

“Director (Power), NLCIL has been asked to proceed on leave immediately till the finalisation of the enquiry,” according to a Coal Ministry statement.


NT Bureau