District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth informed that there will be a strict regulation on the quality of gas cylinders which are being distributed to the consumers.
The cylinders will be checked for any sources of leakage and also will be ensured that they have not passed the expiry date, he said in a meeting held with the oil company representatives in Kochi in the wake of growing incidents of LPG cylinder blasts in the city.
The Collector added that all LPG bottling plants and homes should be frequently visited by the oil companies to avoid any mishaps.
“The chances that the gas cylinders may be damaged during the time of distribution can’t be overruled,” the Collector said and added that the Oil companies at present are carefully examining the cylinders for the same.
If damaged cylinders are found they should be kept segregated and included in a special register and returned to the concerned companies within a week.
Technicians concerned also hold the responsibility to examine the cylinder, the Collector informed.
Documentaries, short films, radio programmes, SMSs etc should be propagated to create awareness among the public, he added.
Oil company representatives Tharyan Peter (Bharat Petroleum), Vinod Kumar and Sunil Kumar (Hindustan Petroleum), Jnana Sundaram and P Ramachandran (Indian Oil Corporation) were present during the meeting.