New Delhi: At least nine people are feared trapped after a massive fire broke out at Srisailam power station in Telangana. The fire was followed by an explosion in unit 4 of the power station. Initial reports indicate that a short circuit led to the fire.
Speaking to reporters, officials present at the site said that there were 17 people on duty at the time of the accident, out of which eight have been rescued through a tunnel. Those trapped include six TS Genco employees and three private company employees.
Firefighters were rushed to the spot and trying to rescue the trapped. However, the rescue operation is being hampered because of the thick smoke which has been billowing due to the fire. The rescue personnel reportedly tried to enter the power station units at least thrice but were unable to do so.
Meanwhile, Telangana CM KCR Rao’s office said that he is continuously monitoring the operations at the accident site. “CM K Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed shock over the incident. He is eliciting information on the incident. He spoke to Minister Jagdeeshwar Reddy and Transco, Genco CMD D Prabhakar Rao who are at site and reviewed relief measures taking place there”, the Chief Minister’s office said.
On the other hand, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy has cancelled his visit to Srisailam project site. Reddy was supposed to conduct Jala Harathi (puja).
Earlier in the day, Telangana minister Jagadish Reddy and TS Genco CMD Prabhakar Rao rushed to the spot to review rescue operations. Reddy said that the mishap occurred in the first unit of the power station and four panels were damaged.
Following the incident, power generation operations at the power station have been suspended.