(Updates casualty toll, adds quotes and details)
RAIPUR, India, Sept 23 At least 20 workers were
killed and about 50 feared trapped when a chimney under
construction at a power plant in central India collapsed, police
said on Wednesday.
The power plant belongs to Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd
(Balco), in which Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd, part of the
mining group Vedanta, holds 51 percent.
About 100 workers and engineers were working on the chimney
at Balco Nagar, several hours' drive from the Chhattisgarh state
"It's a massive accident," Ratanlal Dangi, district
superintendent of police, told Reuters by telephone.
"We have retrieved 20 bodies so far. Still many more are
trapped under the collapsed chimney's debris. Massive rescue and
relief operations are under way."
The chimney, which collapsed after heavy rain and lightning,
had reached 100 metres (330 feet) and was designed to be 275
metres high, police said.
Balco spokesman B.K. Srivastava said: "There is an accident
and some people are injured."
Raman Singh, the chief minister of Chhattisgarh, ordered a
judicial inquiry, according to a statement by the state
(Reporting by Sujeet Kumar; Editing by Matthias Williams)