In a blast at a gas supply pipeline in the Bhilai steel plant of state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) in Chhattisgarh’s Durg district on Tuesday, nine people were killed and 14 others injured.
Around 30 kilometres away from the state capital, the explosion took place around 10.30 am in a gas pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant in Bhilai town.
In a statement, SAIL said that in an unfortunate incident around 10.30 am, today at SAIL Bhilai Steel Plant, there was a fire in a gas pipe line of the Coke Oven Battery Complex No 11 during a scheduled maintenance job. Injured persons were immediately rushed to the BSP hospital for medical care and aid. Meanwhile, the fire had been controlled… All resources had been mobilised to provide adequate care to the injured.
Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) GP Singh told that as per preliminary information, over 24 employees were working at the spot when the accident occurred. Police personnel and a rescue team are at the spot.