Hyderabad: A major fire broke out in an underground facility at the Srisailam Hydel Power Project on Thursday night. Nine employees, who were trapped inside the plant, had succumbed.

A number of political leaders expressed their condolences over the lives lost in the mishap. Speaking about the accident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Fire at the Srisailam hydroelectric plant is deeply unfortunate. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I hope the injured recover at the earliest.”

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “Pained by the loss of lives in the tragic fire accident at Srisailam hydroelectric plant in Telangana. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. I wish speedy recovery for the injured.”

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu said, “Distressed by the loss of lives in a fire incident at Srisailam hydroelectric plant in Telangana. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.”

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has ordered a CID probe into the incident and said that the circumstances leading up to the accident will be probed thoroughly.

Home Minister also said, “Deeply anguished to learn about the loss of lives due to a tragic fire accident at the Srisailam hydroelectric plant in Telangana. My deepest condolences are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.”

CID Additional DGP Govind Singh who is the investigating officer said that a full investigation has been launched and a report will be sent to the government.

Electricity Minister, G Jagdish Reddy and Transco, Genco CMD Prabhakar Rao are monitoring the situation.

Andhra Pradesh Energy Secretary Srikant Nagulapalli has directed officials of the Srisailam right bank powerhouse and the AP State load dispatch centre to extend help to the Telangana left bank hydel station.

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