Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Nov 2017 11:27:59









THOUGH the  cause of the explosion at  the NTPC’s thermal power plant at Unchahar in Uttar Pradesh, in which 29 people were killed, will be known after the probe report is out, preliminary findings indicate  that safety norms were not followed, resulting in the tragedy. Media reports indicate that the blast occurred while coal ash was being removed from the bottom of the furnace by workers using iron rods while the furnace was still in operation.

If this is true, then it is a gross violation of safety norms. Other reports indicate that no attention was paid to the  maintenance of the plant, resulting in the accident. There is a tendency among plant operators to push the machine and the man power to the extreme in order to maximise profits. In the process, regular maintenance work is given a short shrift, risking the lives of the workers. There is need for all plant operators to learn a lesson from the NTPC plant blast. Those responsible for the accidents must be punished severely. Industrial safety norms must be followed strictly by all to avoid such tragedies. 



ALMOST every day there is news of the Sri Lankan Navy arresting fishermen from Tamil Nadu and confiscating their costly material which earns them their livelihood. This goes on endlessly: Fishermen routinely venturing into sea waters and the Sri Lankan Navy capturing them, lock, stock and barrel, accusing them of violating their waters. While this goes on, the Governments of the two countries do not appear to seek a solution to the vexed problem.

It appears that either the marine borders are not clearly marked or if they are, then fishermen from Tamil Nadu are guilty of transgressing international line. While the Tamil Nadu Government has to take steps to prevent fishermen from venturing into Sri Lankan waters, the Indian Government has to take up the matter with Sri Lankan Government. The issue has become a diplomatic irritant between India and Sri Lanka. It is enigmatic, while most other intricate matters get sorted out at the highest level this small issue remains unresolved, seemingly for ages.