Presidential committee on LP gas issues makes recommendations for public

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The Presidential Committee appointed on the instructions of the President to investigate and resolve gas cylinder fires or explosions has issued recommendation to the public as an immediate solution to the ongoing crisis over LP Gas.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 30 November appointed the Committee to look into the recent incidents of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinder fires and explosions occurred at domestic, commercial and sales outlets in various parts of the country and to find possible causes of the problem in order to provide immediate solutions to the issue.

The President has instructed the Committee to get the information from all the necessary parties and look into existing studies and various views and submit the report to him within two weeks.

This seven member committee chaired by Professor Shantha Walpolage of the University of Moratuwa met at the Moratuwa University premises yesterday and issued several recommendations for the public to follow as an interim solution.

The Presidential Committee also conducted on-site inspections in Kottawa, Athurugiriya, Hanwella and Kaduwela and analyzed gas samples obtained from 12 areas relating to the gas accidents. The report of this analysis prepared by the chemical science unit of the Moratuwa University is to be handed over to the Consumer Affairs Authority.

Head of the unit, Professor Shantha Walpolage said that the cause for the explosions and gas leakage could be found after conducting an extensive investigation.

Meanwhile, the committee appointed to investigate the gas cylinder issue has made some recommendations for public on safe handling of the domestic gas.

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