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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 3, 2011.
Scene at the Rajghat Power Station after a major fire broke out at a transformer. Over 25 fire tenders swung into action to bring it under control,. Power was shut down in the walled city areas for a while, in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt - The Hindu.
A major fire broke out in a power generation plant in New Delhi on Sunday severely affecting electric supply to various central Delhi localities with a minister suspecting “low maintenance” as the cause for the blaze.
No one was injured in the blaze that broke in a 100 MW transformer at the Rajghat Power Plant near the ITO at around 11:40 am. The plant generates around 170 MW power.
“A transformer caught fire. The cause of fire yet to be ascertained,” a senior fire brigade official said. 27 fire tenders were rushed to the spot which doused the blaze in 40 minutes.
Prima facie, a Delhi government official said it appeared that the fire took place due to overheating in the transformer.
Delhi Power Minister Harun Yusuf said the fire may have been occurred due to “low maintenance” as government has already decided to close down the coal-based plant by October this year.
“I have told them to file the internal investigation report within 24 hours. It may be a case of low maintenance as we have already decided to close down the plant,” Mr. Yusuf said.
Delhi Chief Secretary P K Tripathi visited the site and said the Central Electricity Authority will carry out a detailed probe into the incident. He is also the Chairman of GENCO, Delhi Government utility that maintains the power generation plant.
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