Baramulla: The Uri-II power project here was damaged by fire Thursday.
Officials said that a massive fire broke out at the NHPC-operated power project, situated close to the Line of Control in Uri sector, around 5 a.m.
Fire tenders were pressed into service as soon as the district administration came to know about the blaze, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone told Kashmir Reader.
“The situation is under control now. We are trying to ascertain the cause of the fire,” he said.
Farooq said 10 NHPC employees trapped inside were rescued by the timely efforts of the fire tenders .
The 240 megawatts hydro power project on the Jehlum River was inaugurated in July this year by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Press Trust of India quoted an official of the NHPC as saying that all the employees were safe.
“The apparent cause of the fire is malfunction of a transformer. However, what went wrong exactly can be said only after the fire is put out and investigations carried out,” the official added.
Police officials said the smoke was billowing from the underground power project and attempts by personnel of the fire and emergency services department to enter the premises have not succeeded so far.
“There is too much smoke coming out from the project premises. Attempts to enter there have not succeeded so far,” the official said.