Technical experts to investigate pipe burst tragedy: Minister

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Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 18 (UNI) Kerala Electricity Minister A K Balan today said a special team of technical experts would inquire into the bursting of penstock pipe carrying water from Ponmudi reservoir to the power house at Panniyar in Idukki.

The Government would provide all kinds of assistance to the families of the employees of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) employees, killed in yesterday's tragedy while discharging their duty, he said.

Immediately after noting leakage in the penstock pipe, the employees at the Chenkulam-Panniyar power house had rushed to close the butterfly valve to check the water leakage. Unfortunately, the team, which moved to the areas by road, was washed away by the gushing waters following the pipe burst, he said.

Another team immediately swung into action and succeeded in closing the intake shutter at Ponmudi, which helped to control the flow of water and avert a major disaster, he added.

The power house was commissioned in 1963 and its generating capacity was 30 MW. In the preliminary inquiry,it was found that leak in the joint had resulted in the burst, he added.


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