Staff Correspondent

There is no connection between the two: UPCL official

Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. is setting up the power plant at Yellur

‘Plant synchronisation will take place within

a week'

Udupi:Chairman of the Executive Committee of Nagarjuna Virodhi Horata Samiti Vijaykumar Hegde on Tuesday said that the chances of the coal-based thermal power plant of Udupi Power Corporation Ltd. (UPCL) coming up at Yellur being the cause of the air crash near Mangalore could not be ruled out.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Hegde said that the chimney of the thermal plant was about 1,000 feet high. The hot smoke coming out of the chimney would reach over 2,000 feet. The heat of the smoke was around 120 degrees Celsius. This heat could be felt in a radius of about 20 km to 30 km. Bajpe Airport was about 20 km away from Yellur. The airport should have been located 30 km away. How then did the Airports Authority of India not object to the setting up of the thermal plant?

The setting up of the thermal plant at Yellur may have forced aircraft to change their paths to approach the airport. This could be one of the reasons for the problems faced by the Dubai-Mangalore aircraft while landing at the airport.

‘It is all false'

General Manager (Corporate Affairs) of UPCL K. Kishore Alva told The Hinduthat there was no connection between the two issues of thermal plant and the air crash. UPCL had obtained all clearances from the Airports Authority of India. Only trial tests were going on at the thermal plant.

The synchronisation of the plant, which was scheduled to take place on May 20, was delayed due to a technical snag. The synchronisation of the plant would take place within a week.

“The allegations by Mr. Hegde are all false. An expert will say that there was no connection between the plant and the air crash. There are many industries close to airports in many cities of the world,” he said.