One worker died and two were injured in a blast in a newly built barge at Waterways Shipyard, Chicalim in south Goa on Saturday.

According to police, the blast partially destroyed the barge, which was to be commissioned on Sunday.As the final touches were being given and polishing work was under way, the blast occurred around 10.55 a.m.

A worker, Sanjay Singh Chauhan), was flung on to the roof of a nearby chapel and he died on the spot. Ram Singh Chaughan (22) was injured and Naresh Bahat Chauhan (30) is in a critical condition.The blast is suspected to have been caused by accumulated gas, a police spokesperson said in a release here.