State Minister of Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna today informed Parliament that he will receive the laboratory report on the composition of LP gas cylinders at 5 this evening.
The State Minister said a report was called via the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation after obtaining samples from both LP gas suppliers, to probe incidents of gas explosions that have been reported around the island.
Opposition MPs drew the government’s attention to six incidents of domestic gas cylinder explosions in the past few days and the threat the public is faced with due to such explosions.
The Parliamentarians called for immediate action to address the unsafe situation created as a result of the domestic gas cylinders.
Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Kins Nelson said a 19-year-old female from Polonnaruwa succumbed to injuries caused as a result of a gas explosion at her residence.
He said people are unable to keep gas cylinders inside homes, after having to stay in queues to purchase cylinders.
Speaker of House Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena acknowledged that LP gas is an explosive substance.
SJB MP Chaminda Wijesiri joining the debate said the government must be responsible for addressing this issue. MP Hesha Vithanage said people who survive the coronavirus are under threat from gas explosions.
In response, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said the government will intervene and prioritise this matter.
Minister Bandula Gunawardana meanwhile said a meeting was held between a group of university professors and the Government Analyst, adding that it was revealed that gas cylinders were not exploding.
Responding to opposition queries, State Minister of Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna said they have taken all possible measures to prevent any further issues.
He revealed a meeting of all stakeholders has been called at 5pm today when the report is handed over, to discuss the quality of released gas cylinder stocks and its composition.
The State Minister promised that a comprehensive report will be tabled in Parliament on Monday.
He accepted that a problem exists in the country, and promised solutions as soon as possible.
State Minister Alagiyawanna also stated that it was common for countries to report gas leak explosions, adding 10 to 20 such cases were reported in Sri Lanka during the past five years.
He cited that Laufgs gas alone reported 23 cases of explosions since 2015.
Therefore, the State Minister cited reasons such as faulty equipment and negligence, while also claiming that electricity faults and lack of ventilation as other reasons.