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Immediately withdraw gas cylinders from market, households to prevent explosions:- Vijitha

Vijitha Herath

JVP Parliamentarian VijithaHerath has requested the government to direct relevant authorities to immediately withdraw gas cylinders from the households and the market to prevent more explosions.

He made the request while he was participating in the Committee Stage debate on the Expenditure of Ports and Shipping Ministry. VijithaHerath said:

“The appointment ofcommittees to analyse the issue will not be enough to solve the grave problem. Every family is scared of using gas cylinders these days. The government may appoint a presidential committee to look into the problem, but the sub-mission of the report of that committee will take two weeks. After that the report will be analysed and steps will be taken to resolve theissue. This whole process will take at least onewhole month. By that time, many disasters will takeplace and that is why an immediate intervention of authorities is neces-sary.

Defective gas cylinders are still being sold in the market and people are using them.These cylinders should be withdrawn and people should be provided with alternative ones as an immediate measure.

A gascompany has accepted that the composition of butane and propane in a certain batch of cylinders was changed in July. When we queried about this in the House, the subject minister said no such thing had been done. But now it has been revealed that the gas composition was changed.

According tothe experts when the propane percent-age is increased, the pressure of a cylinder will go up. There are questions about the quality of the equipments like regulators when such a change occurs. Finding answers for these questions will take time. Until then, steps should be taken to provide alternatives for affected people as an immediate measure.”

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