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Fire in gas-filled pipeline kills at least nine at Bhilai Steel Plant

SAIL's flagship unit's alleged lapse spills out in the open

BSP, Bhilai Steel Plant
Smoke billowing from the Bhilai Steel Plant after the accident. Photo credit: Pintu Dewangan

Nine workers were killed and 14 others critically injured when a major fire broke out in a gas pipeline of Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), the flagship entity of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL), in Chhattisgarh’s Durg district on Tuesday morning. The incident took place at about 10.30 am when 30 workers were engaged in the scheduled maintenance job in the 70-metre three-year-old gas pipeline of Coke Oven Battery Complex No. 11. The pipeline, carrying highly combustible coke oven gas, suddenly caught fire. People were trapped and charred beyond recognition. “So far, ...