Bhagalpur:  The bunker of the 6th unit of the NTPC thermal power plant at Kahalgaon in Bhagalpur district today collapsed halting power generation from the unit with 500 MW capacity.

The bunker used for storage of coal for combustion in boiler furnace collapsed following technical snag forcing suspension of power generation, NTPC Kahalgaon unit General Manager Subhashi Ghosh said.

A team of technical experts from New Delhi would come here on Monday to restore the bunker, he said.

Meanwhile, power generation from the NTPC thermal power plant has plummeted to 1340 MW out of its total capacity of 2340 MW with the seventh unit with generation capacity of 500 MW already out of order for some time, Ghosh said.

Efforts were on to resume generation from the seventh unit at the earliest, Ghosh said.