The Consumer Affairs Authority has granted consent for the two gas companies to release gas cylinders to the market based on three conditions from tomorrow.
Issuing a statement the Consumer Affairs Authority said;
1) Previously imported gas must be withheld.
2) Mercaptan chemical, that is related to smell, to be included in cylinders made mandatory before releasing new batches.
3) Every 1/100 gas cylinders must be issued a serial number and handed over to the Consumer Affairs Authority.
Gas samples were obtained from ships yesterday under the supervision of a committee appointed to monitor the gas vessels imported into the country by the two gas companies and the samples were then sent to the laboratory of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.
According to the test reports and the recommendations of the technical committee, the Consumer Affairs Authority granted consent to release gas cylinders to the market under three conditions.
Considering the increasing number of accidents involving domestic gas cylinders, the government reached several measures to address the issue.
As part of this measure, the State Ministry of Consumer Protection issued an order yesterday suspending the release of gas cylinders to the market.