NIZAMABAD: Though fire safety measures have been undertaken all across the city after increasing incidence of cylinder explosions that have claimed several lives, the safety of godowns that store Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders in Hyderabad is questionable. Reportedly, these storage facilities continue to operate without any precautions against fire break-outs.
In fact, as a majority of these LPG cylinders godowns are located in thickly populated residential areas in the city, they pose a greater risk. Around 130 LPG gas distributing agencies are operational in HMDA limits.
Meanwhile, according to LPG gas distributing agencies, the godown that store 8000 kg LPG cylinders must be constructed 15 kilometers away from any municipality, town, and village, as per PESO norms. They alleged that the State Urban Development authorities had instructed them to shift the storage cylinders transit point from the residential areas.
Speaking to Express, the general secretary of LPG Distributors of Telangana State, K Jagan Mohan Reddy, said, “For the maintenance of full-edge fire safety systems, the LPG gas distributors need at least 1500 square yards of land for godowns. The landowners are not showing interest to give land for rent basis for gas agencies. In this case, how do you expect us to maintain safety measures?”