Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian JC Alawathuwala says a definite conclusion pertaining to the reasons behind gas cylinder explosions could not be reached at the special Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Trade that was held this morning to discuss recent incidents pertaining to domestic gas leak explosions.
Speaking to NewsRadio following the discussion, MP Alawathuwala said this is a serious situation.
The Parliamentarian said representatives of both Litro Gas and Laugfs Gas and experts in the field including professors of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura participated in the discussion.
He said experts proposed conducting further investigations into the incidents.
The MP said Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon confirmed that 34 incidents of explosions were reported yesterday injuring 11 individuals.
He said one opinion put forward at the discussion was that even though not proven yet, gas cylinders must contain a ratio of 70:30 rather than 50:50 which results in pressurization of cylinders.
MP Alawathuwala said all MPs requested that the cause must be investigated to seek solutions as 40% of the country’s population use domestic gas cylinders and are therefore at risk