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Panic After Chemical Unit Pipe Burst

Published: 13th February 2015 05:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2015 05:58 AM   |  A+A-

KARAIKUDI: Locals residents were scared by the heavy smoke that filled the area after a pipeline burst at Tamil Nadu Chemicals Products Limited (TCPL) at Koviloor near Karaikudi on Thursday.

Though nearly 200 workers escaped without injuries, the schools and colleges declared a holiday after the incident, fearing health risks.  The pipe exploded because of pressure. A major mishap was avoided as the pipeline’s safety valve worked properly. The factory which has been running near the village for nearly 30 years, made sodium hydrosulphite, a dying chemical for textile units, official sources said.

Meanwhile, top officials spoke to TCPL management who agreed to close the unit for a week.  “The unit will reopen only after an expert committee certified the safety,” officials said.



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