All industrial chimneys' quality to be tested: Chhattisgarh

 The move comes in the wake of the death of 45 workers at Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd (Balco) at Korba town due to a chimney crash.

The decision to probe the construction quality of chimneys was taken at a meeting chaired by Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar. On Sep 23, an under-construction chimney caved in at Korba town, some 250 km north of capital Raipur, crushing 45 workers underneath. The state government ordered a judicial probe into the tragedy.

The collapsed chimney had belonged to the Vedanta Resources Plc-controlled Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd (Balco) in which the central government holds 49 percent stake.
"Kanwar held a meeting with representatives of industrial houses and district authorities and asked them to probe the construction quality of chimneys and submit a report to him,'' a government statement said.

He had strongly advised them that industries in the private and public sector need to focus on workers safety and environment norms.

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