Special House Committee to hear Gas company reps
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
Representatives of LP gas companies will be summoned before the Special Consultative Committee in Parliament, scheduled to meet today (1) to discuss the recent chain of explosions related to gas leaks reported islandwide. Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena yesterday (30) informed the House that the committee will meet at 9.00 a.m. today (1). The Speaker made this order following requests by MPs of both the Government and Opposition.
He said that everyone including the Committee members, MPs, ministers and gas companies representatives should be presented at the meeting. The MPs from both the Government and the Opposition raised concerns regarding the recent gas explosions for the second consecutive day this week. Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena requested the Speaker to order an emergency meeting of the committee as the recent explosions reportedly due to gas leaks have become a national concern. “This is about the safety of the people.
Everyone agrees that this situation is unusual. Therefore, I request the Speaker to summon a meeting of the Special Consultative Committee to discuss this matter,” Gunawardena said. Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, however, requested Gunawardena to propose to appoint a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the explosions.
Premadasa: “You can propose it now and I will second it.” Gunawardena: “I proposed the meeting of the Special Consultative Committee as the first step to solve the current issue. We can appoint a PSC as well. The consultative committee meeting can be considered as the immediate measure. I will submit the proposal regarding appointing a PSC.”