Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cylinder explosions in Nepal: People are blaming politicians and government officials

Explosion of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders has become a major problem in Nepal now a days.

News reports said that more than 30 percent of the LPG cylinders supplied in the country are of poor quality and would explode any time. Gyaneshwor Aryal, President, Gas Dealers Federation Nepal said, "About 4 million gas cylinders are currently in circulation in the country, out of which 30 percent (1.2 million cylinders) haven 't passed through a hydrostatic test to check the quality of the cylinders. These cylinders can blow up anytime,"

He further said that 300,000 out of the 30 percent cylinders are sent to the market without being tested properly which causes majority of the explosions. In addition, sub-standard cylinders, old valves, and damaged-regulators cause cylinder explosions.

What makes the matter worse is that the suppliers use sub-standard materials which make the cylinders more prone to leakage.

In a recent interaction on Syndicate, Security and Increasing Politicisation in Gas Industry, the speakers said that “over-politicisation” in goods and services sector has become a major threat to the lives of people in the country. The interaction took place on August 16, 2010.

According to Jyoti Baniya, General Secretary, Consumer Rights Protection Forum, corruption among politicians, misappropriation and irregularities are the main reasons behind such mishaps.

However, political leaders said that they are committed not to play with the lives of the people.

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