Six labourers have died since April 20 when 21 workers had suffered burns after a hot water “splash” while restarting a unit of Adani Power’s thermal plant at Mundra in Kutch district. On Wednesday, a labourer succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Ahmedabad, while two victims were critical.
“One worker (Vimleshkumar Paswan) died today at an Ahmedabad hospital and with this, the death toll has gone up to six. Seven persons are still receiving treatment and the condition of two of them is reported to be critical,” Kutch District Collector Mahendra Patel told The Indian Express.
He said the company has announced ex gratia ranging from Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 18 lakh for the families of those killed in the accident, and Rs1 lakh each for the injured.
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Paswan was was among the 13 seriously injured workers who were rushed to the Ahmedabad hospital after the incident at the generation unit no.VI of the ultra-mega power plant. While one person had died on the same day, the rest succumbed to injuries later.
The others have been identified as Bhagwan Choudhary, Hasim Ansari, Sarjuddin Sahebdin, Samsher Ansair and Sarfaraj Zamirmia.
The District Collector and SP of Kutch West Makrand Chauhan on Wednesday visited the 4,620 megawatt power plant “to understand the accident”.
“The boiler inspector and the deputy director of industrial safety and health have come to a conclusion that a loose steel piece blocked steam vent in the flash tank of the plant. This led to increase in pressure and eventually water which was boiling at 144 degrees Celsius splashed on workers who were applying paint,” said Patel.
The Collector, however, said that he was waiting for a formal report from Adani Power on the accident.
According to Mundra police inspector Devendrasinh Rana, “The (injured) workers were hired by a labour contractor to work at the power plant. Majority of them are native of Bihar and Jharkhand. We have registered a case of accidental death.”