Substandard gas cylinders: action demanded against manufacturers

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The All Pakistan Distributors Association of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) has called for launching a grand operation against manufacturers of substandard cylinders to mitigate risks to human lives. According to estimates 2,780 human lives have been lost in substandard cylinders-related incidents during last five years, which warrant action against the manufacturers," said association's chairman Muhammad Irfan Khokhar.

He claimed that unscrupulous elements were openly selling substandard cylinders in markets of Gujranwala and Lahore. He said about 300 industries were manufacturing low quality cylinders and as many as 200,000 substandard cylinders landed in markets across the country in one year.

He claimed that the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) had issued licences to only eight manufacturing companies of cylinders. Moreover, he said the LPG was mainly used by the poor people and the government was needed to take solid measures to resolve all issues relating to the LPG including its prices. He said the rising trend in prices of the gas has hit the masses of remote areas. He added that action was needed against market forces that were hiking prices without any justification.

Courtesy: B Recorder

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