The Hush Post | 2:59 pm | 2-minute-read
Six people were killed and 14 injured after a blast took place at the Bhilai Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh. Bhilai is about 35 km from the capital city of Raipur in Chattisgarh.
The blast happened in a pipeline near the coke oven section at the steel plant.
Police and a rescue team rushed to the spot after the blast was reported. The people who were injured were taken to a local hospital.
“At least six people were burnt to death while 14 others received injuries and most of them were said to be in a serious condition,” Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) GP Singh reportedly said.
The plant is being operated by the state-run Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the modernised and expanded Bhilai Steel Plant in June. Four years ago, in June 2014, six workers at the Bhilai Steel Plant died after an explosion. That explosion took place in the blast furnace.
According to SAIL, the Bhilai Steel Plant is India’s only producer and supplier of world class rails for the Indian Railways and a major producer of a large variety of wide and heavy steel plates and structural steel. With an annual production capacity of 3.153 MT of saleable steel, the plant also specialises in other products such as wire rods and other trade related products.