Published On: Tue, Oct 9th, 2018

At least nine killed, 14 injured in Bhilai Steel Plant blast

Bhilai (Chhattisgarh): At least nine people were killed and 14 others injured on Tuesday in a blast at a gas supply pipeline in Bhilai Steel Plant, the flagship unit of India’s largest steel maker in public sector.

The injured were rushed to the Bhilai plant’s Sector 9 hospital

According to Bhilai Steel Plant spokesman, the incident was a major one as nine lives were lost and the death toll could go up.

The Bhilai steel plant is situated in Durg district. It is located 30 km west of the state capital Raipur.

The plant is India’s sole producer and supplier of rails for Indian Railways.

“In an unfortunate incident on Tuesday at around 10.30 am, there was a fire in the gas pipeline of Bhilai Steel Plant’s Coke Oven Battery Complex No 11 during a scheduled maintenance job,” the company said in a statement.

It said: “The fire has been controlled. So far, nine persons have lost their lives and 14 are undergoing medical treatment. All resources have been mobilized to provide adequate care to the injured.”

The injured were rushed to the Bhilai plant’s Sector 9 hospital.

Meanwhile, rescue operations were in full swing as it was apprehended that some more people were possibly trapped at the blast site.

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