SLSI to convene a special meeting over composition of a domestic gas cylinder
Posted on December 16th, 2021

Courtesy Hiru News

The Sri Lanka Standards Institution has convened a special meeting on 20 December to decide on the composition of a domestic gas cylinder.

Manohara Jayasinghe, Senior State Counsel appearing for the Consumer Affairs Authority and the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, made this statement when the petition filed seeking an inquiry into the accidents due to gas leaks were taken up in Court today (16).

Litro Gas today filed an affidavit in the Court of Appeal stating that only domestic gas approved by the Consumer Affairs Authority and the Sri Lanka Standards Institution will be released to the market in the future.

Their other affidavit states that they also agree to display a sticker on the cylinder showing the composition of the gases contained in the cylinder.

The lawyer representing Litro Gas stated that investigations have confirmed that more than 90% of the gas accidents reported in recent days are due to substandard stoves and appliances.

However, Nagananda Kodithuwakku, a civil society activist who filed the petition, rejected the affidavits.

After considering the facts presented, the Court of Appeal announced that its orders in this regard will be issued tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Minister Johnston Fernando addressing a function held in Colombo today expressed his views on the leaders of Litro Gas Company by continuing to respond to the media.

The Minister asked the head of the relevant gas company to reply without hiding.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Affairs Authority stated that the laboratory test report on the samples of the ship containing the new gas tank that arrived in the country three days ago was submitted to the Standards Institution. The authority said it had not given any permission to release gas on the ship until a final decision was made on the report.

However, reliable sources say that there is a problem with the quality of the gas stock. The gas ship is currently anchored off the coast of Uswetakeiyawa.

Although the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) had officially instructed Litro to refrain from unloading substandard gas on Saturday, the ship is still anchored off the coast.

The Department of Measurement and Standards Services has conducted an investigation into the pressure that should be present in a gas cylinder. Accordingly, a report on the current pressure in a cylinder and the pressure conditions in the tested samples has been submitted to the Minister of Trade.

Meanwhile, several gas related accidents were reported from several parts of the island today as well.

Several civil society organizations staged a silent protest in front of the Sri Lanka Standards Institution in Narahenpita this morning, allowing the consumption of substandard food, oil and gas.

Several other civil society organizations also staged a protest in front of the State Ministry of Consumer Protection today.

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