At least 9 employees of TS Genco said to have been trapped inside a tunnel of the Srisailam Left Bank Canal after a major fire broke out due to short circuit at a power generation machinery. Heavy smoke is billowing out of the tunnel causing concern for the safety of employees trapped inside.
According to the initial reports, the 17 employees were said to be working at the time of the accident. Eight of the employees said to have managed to come out of the tunnel while 9 others got trapped inside.
The fire tenders have rushed to the site and trying to put out the fire. Meanwhile, the Telangana Power Minister Jagadeesh Reddy, Amrabad MLA Guvvala Balaraj, GENCO CMD Prabhakar Rao, Nagarkurnool District Collector Sharman, SP Sai Shekhar rushed to the site and supervising the rescue operations.
The 7 GENCO employees who were trapped inside the tunnel have been identified as DE Srinivas, AEs Fatima, Mohan, Sundar, Kiran and Rambabu. The 2 persons were identified as the private electrical employees from Hyderabad.
Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed shock over the accident that took place at the Srisailam Power Generation Plant. The CM is eliciting information on the accident on a regular basis. The CM wanted all those who were trapped in the Plant should come out safely. The CM spoke to Minister Jagdeesh Reddy and Transco, Genco CMD D Prabhakar Rao who are at the Plant site and reviewed the relief measures taking place there.
Meanwhile, AP CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy who wanted to visit the accident site initially cancelled his trip after learning that the accident occurred on the Telangana side of the left bank canal. However, in a statement, YS Jagan announced that his government is ready to extend any help and support to the TS Government in tackling the situation and wanted all the trapped employees to come out safely.