Sunday, December 20, 2009

Maoists damage Valve House of Balimela station

By Ratnakar Dash

Malkangiri, Dec. 20: Armed Maoists have damaged the Valve House of Balimela power station on Saturday night bringing power generation in the hydro power unit to a grinding halt.

According to sources, about 20 armed Maoists descended on a hill top where the Valve House was located and caused damaged to the installation. The incident took place around midnight, sources said.

Although initial reports indicated that the extremists had blown up the Valve House, police said no explosives were used to cause the damage.

The Maoists, however, did not harm the security personnel and other staff who were on duty at the Valve House.

They also damaged the intake tunnel of the power station, according to sources.

Balimela power station, which is situated about 70 km away from the district headquarter town of Malkangiri , is run by the Odisha Hydro Power Corporation.

As no official of the OHPC was available, the extant of damage was not available immediately.

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