Hours after the fire broke out in Srisailam left bank hydel power generation unit, rescue officials have retrieved bodies of nine people who were trapped inside the tunnel. Out of the nine deceased, seven were employees of Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Limited and two from the Amaron Batteries.
Terming the incident as the most unfortunate, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has ordered a CID probe into the fire mishap. According to the reports, Additional DGP Govind Singh will head the CID investigation into the incident. In the line of the instructions from the CM, the DGP ought to submit a comprehensive report to the government on the incident after a thorough investigation.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy as well ordered the officials to extend all possible help to Telangana counterparts for the rescue operations.
CISF personnel have also joined the rescue operations which is being led by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). Rescue teams working to lessen the intensity at the hydroelectric plant claimed that thick smoke is still coming out of the tunnel.
It can be noted that as many as six maintenance personnel were rescued from the accident that escalated fast on the wee hours of Friday.
According to the preliminary investigation, it was said that there were 17 staff, including two private service providers were on-duty at the station which has more than six power generators at its underground plant-each one carries out 150 MW (megawatts) capacity electrical power generators.