Defective gas cylinders must be recalled – Vijitha
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
Jathika Jana Balawegaya (JJB) MP Vijitha Herath, yesterday (2) said in Parliament that authorities should immediately withdraw defective gas cylinders from households and the market to prevent more explosions.
Participating in the Committee Stage debate on Expenditure Head of Ports and Shipping Ministry, Herath noted that appointing committees to analyse the issue alone is not enough to resolve the issue. “Every household in the country, despite social status, is afraid of using gas cylinders these days. It is okay to appoint Presidential Commission to look into the issue. But submitting the report will take two weeks. After that the report is analysed and steps are taken about the issue. This whole process will take at least a month. By that time, many disasters would have happened and that is why an immediate intervention of the authorities is necessary,” Herath pointed out.
The JJB MP noted that faulty gas cylinders are still being sold in the market and people are using them in households. These cylinders should be recalled and people provided with alternatives as an immediate measure, he added.
Speaking further, Herath said a gas company had admitted 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 that no such change had happened to the composition. But now it is revealed that a change in composition has in fact taken place. According to experts, when the propane percentage is increased, the pressure of a cylinder also increases. There are questions about the quality of equipment like regulators when such a change happens. Finding answers for these questions will take time. Until then, steps should be taken to provide alternatives for affected people as an immediate measure,” he said.