Korba Chimney Collapse
The 2009 Korba chimney collapse occurred in the town of Korba in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh on 23 September 2009. It was under construction were under contract for the Bharat Aluminium Co Ltd (BALCO). Construction had reached 240 m (790 ) wh0en the chimney collapsed on top of more than 100 workers who had Korba Chimney Collapse taking shelter from a thunderstorm. At least 45 deaths recorded.
Plans specify a 275-metre (902) chimney for the construction of a thermal power plant by BALCO, which is owned by Vedanta Resources. The incident happened during extreme weather conditions involving lightning and torrential rainfall. Workers sought shelter from the rain in a nearby store room, and a lightning strike at approximately 16:00 brought the chimney down on top of them. A rescue attempt initiated following the collapse.
Ongoing rain obstructed efforts to retrieve the trapped workers. At least seven of the wounded hospitalized. An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the collapse. BALCO initially did not discussed the incident at length, stating only that “there is an accident and some people are injured“; claiming to be too busy with the rescue effort to make a longer statement.
Emergency Response by the Indian Government on Korba Chimney Collapse
The state government believes that BALCO had been “overlooking security aspects”. In November 2009, the project manager from GDCL arrested. As well as three officials from Vedanta Resources which manages BALCO. Later the National Institute of technology (NIT) Raipur observed that the materials; were of substandard quality and technically faulty in design. NIT also concluded that there was improper water curing and that soil at the site was not up to code. Additionally, supervision and monitoring found to negligent.