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A fire broke out inside a warehouse at the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant early this morning causing extensive damage to property and goods, and the Navy and Army were called in to help douse the blaze.

The Kalpitiya Police, Officers of the Norochcholai Police Post, the Navy and Army took more than three hours to control the fire.

Residents in the area expressed concern at the absence of a fire brigade, especially near a massive coal plant, and added that the police had to bring water in bowsers to douse the flames.

The police are conducting further investigations. (PK & AF)

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  • Tuesday, 09 March 2010 04:04 PM

    Poor Planning Preceeds Poor Performance. The 5 Ps!!!!!!!!!!

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 08:48 AM

    Hope the work on the plant continue despite this incident. The country needs this plant for electricity.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 04:22 PM

    A thermal power station without a fire brigade That is great planing. .

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 09:02 AM

    Made in China

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 09:32 AM

    This was opened very recently and there is a fire already which means standard protections have not been looked into. Who is responsible for this stupid negligence?

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 09:51 AM

    Haven't the people who approved this project thought of the safety measures to be taken in case of a fire? I can't even believe this. Safety should be the first concern in a massive project like this.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 08:24 PM

    All Chinese services, to the third world countries, are the same. No standards are maintained. From this incident alone, we can judge the quality of what the finished product will be like. Same goes for the Hambantota harbour. Substandard products - touted as 'quality projects.'

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 10:57 AM

    Maybe an audit was due ? The Chinese learning our systems very fast !

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 11:22 AM

    I do not know how come a massive plant come up without safety system.

    I think chinese people do not know safety first concept. Atleast now start safety system before too late.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 11:58 PM

    The site, this plant is being built-on, is not the most suitable place. There are controversies and a lot of opposition to it. Maybe nature has finally taken its course, to stop this project from being completed?

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 12:01 PM

    see how poor planning was, the idiots who handle the project should have built the fire brigade first then rest of the things. but those who are interested in commission do not care about safety or hazzard situation. once deal done thats it. unfortunately these pigs will be elected again in the general election. that is the patic situation. Majority of the voters can't think.!

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 02:00 AM

    Plant opened sooner than shecduled.for election." Me first country second "

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 06:23 AM

    Fantastic planning. When will they wake up and focus on safer, sustainable solutions. Coal and Oil is so short term!

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 06:23 AM

    Wimal W, can this too be an international conspiracy?

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 06:27 AM

    This is a very disastrous situation. Seems now the govt. will say this is an opposition conspiracy, and the opposition will say this is govt.'s inefficiency

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 04:24 AM

    Authorities involved should be arrested and find means to recover the damages.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 01:30 PM

    NO BODY INTERAST TO APPLY SAFTY MASHER SUCH VELIVEBLE PROJECT NO PROBELAM LANKANS ARE PAYING FOR THAT.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 06:40 AM

    A billion project but no fire brigade in the area... no wonder why foreign investors dont want to invest in Sri Lanka... inviting investors without developing these basic infer-structures...

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 06:56 AM

    Negligence !

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 06:59 AM

    FORCES DOING -FIRE DEPARTMENT WORK...........

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 07:04 AM

    Very unlikely an act of sabotage.

    However CEB should have taken such situations into consideration, when embarking on important projects of
    such magnitude.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 01:54 PM

    This is due to ignorant employees assigned in storekeeping.Such huge store must have a well planned storekeeping method to avoids hazards,fire hazard in particular.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 07:25 AM

    Chinese don't give a damn for safety.

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 07:32 AM

    YOUR GRADE SIR, DONT THING THAT WE ALL ARE STUPID IN THIS COUNTRY YOU TRYING TO COVERUP SOME THING BY THIS WAY THIS IS OUR BLOOD FROM FOREIGN CONTRY WHO SENDING MONEY TO MOTHER LAND TAKE CARE

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 07:32 AM

    Suba Anagathayak!

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 07:44 AM

    Everybody, please check other places as well and see whether adequate precautionary procedures are their.

    Wednesday, 10 March 2010 06:14 AM

    Very true... I can't remember whether it was at the same site, but a Chinese engineer got electrocuted and died a few months back as well

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 07:55 AM

    Good project planning and project management. When these people will learn a listen. They need a disaster to happen to think of DRP. At least now do some proper management in SL

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 08:08 AM

    Does government think is this done by opposition parties?

    Tuesday, 09 March 2010 08:12 AM

    CONSTRUCTING MEGA PROJECTS WITHOUT THE BASIC AMENITIES,WHO IS THE DONKEY WHO APPROVED THIS PROJECT?


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