NTPC plant ash leak in Madhya Pradesh contaminated farms, claim villagers

Local authorities said no one was injured and the ash spillage which took place on Sunday inside the boundary wall of the power plant, adding the leak has been contained.

Published: 07th October 2019 01:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th October 2019 08:33 AM   |  A+A-

Ash and toxic residue leak due to a breach in an artificial pond at coal power plant run by public sector National Thermal Power Corporation NTPC in Singrauli Monday Oct. 7 2019. | (Photo | PTI)

Ash and toxic residue leak due to a breach in an artificial pond at coal power plant run by public sector National Thermal Power Corporation NTPC in Singrauli Monday Oct. 7 2019. | (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

SINGRAULI: A breach in an artificial pond that stored toxic residue from a coal power plant run by public sector National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has contaminated farmland in Madhya Pradesh's Singrauli, villagers have alleged.

Local authorities said no one was injured and the ash spillage which took place on Sunday inside the boundary wall of the power plant, adding the leak has been contained.

Because of the breach, there was a "flood-like situation" in the vicinity, eyewitnesses said.

Panic gripped people in villagers of Jainagar, Juwadi, Amhava Tola and Gahilgarh East but nobody got affected in the incident, a police official said.

The breach took place at NTPC's Vindhyachal plant at Shahpur in Singrauli district, the official said.

The plants executive director Devashisih Mukherjee, Singrauli Superintendent of Police Abhijeet Ranjan and senior officials reached the spot soon after the breach, NTPCs assistant manager, Lalmani Pande told PTI on Monday.

Pande, who is supervising the cleaning operation to clear the fly ash, said, "Over 50 per cent of the waste has flown into the nearby Rihand dam and we are trying to clear the remaining slush on a war-footing since last night."

The situation is now under control, he said.

Ranjan said no loss of life or property was reported due to the breach.

Eyewitnesses, however, said half a dozen cattle were swept away in the incident, a claim not confirmed by officials.

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