26 people were killed and dozens were scalded as a boiler exploded last afternoon in the newest power generating unit at a state-run NTPC plant in Raebareli. Many of the injured have suffered severe burns. They are being treated at two hospitals including one within the NTPC campus. Those with the worst burn injuries have been taken to hospitals in Lucknow, around 110 km away.
As the condition of the three of the victims is said to be critical, they were referred to AIIMS in Delhi.
A "green corridor" is a special route to enable immediate medical care and facilitate timely travel of harvested organs from one hospital to another. The street signals are manually operated to avoid red lights and peak traffic.
In the last few years, a number of lives have been saved through timely delivery of organs via green corridors.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said that officials are ensuring that normalcy is restored. "Deeply pained by the accident at the NTPC plant in Raebareli. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. The situation is being closely monitored and officials are ensuring normalcy is restored," he tweeted.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Mauritius on a three-day official visit, has ordered Rs.2 lakh for the families of the dead and Rs. 50,000 for the badly injured.