All is not well at the Neyveli thermal power station in Cuddalore

In the past five years, two major accidents and a minor accident occurred at the Neyveli Lignite Thermal Power Station (NLTPS) — a lignite-based thermal power station located near the lignite mines of Neyveli in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore district.

Another accident at the plant — owned by Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), an undertaking of the Union government — revealed serious issues in maintenance and safety systems in the old units running at NLTPS, for which the senior management should be held responsible.

NLC has a history of management issues. There have been frequent strikes by workers over several issues over the years. These strikes may be one of the reasons for poor operational practices at NLTPS.

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