Talcher: At least 12 families have been affected in Jagannathpur village adjacent to NTPC’s Talcher Thermal Power Plant (TTPM) with flooding of fly ash slurry in their homes following a breach in the pipeline carrying the slurry from the power plant to abandoned Bharatpur coal mine belonging to Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL).
Fly ash slurry flooded houses, roads, ponds, farmland, etc all that came its way in Jagannathpur village.
Fly ash generated at the thermal power plant is carried through pipelines to fill abandoned coal mine pits which earlier used to be filled with sand and water.
Locals claimed that such leakages have of late become a regular feature and no measures have been taken by the plant authorities to prevent such occurrences.
Jagannathpur villagers have demanded compensation from NTPC authorities for the damages suffered by them due to the flooding of fly ash slurry.
They have threatened to take to agitation if the authorities failed to compensate them.
On the other hand, power plant authorities have visited the spot to take stock of the situation following the breach in the pipeline.
However, Group General Manager (GGM) of NTPC’s Talcher Thermal Power Plant has said that the damages are minimal. The GGM has added that matter will be enquired into and if the need arises compensation will be paid to the affected persons.