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19 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Gas pipelines need immediate attention

Gas pipelines need 
immediate attention

We are profoundly shocked and disturbed by the regular gas related explosions that are killing and maiming people. Just a few weeks ago, the nation was left dumb in grief when children gathering for balloons near a balloon inflating machine were killed and injured when the cylinder exploded. On Sunday, in Chattogram, seven persons were killed, including a child reportedly when a gas pipeline exploded. The accident could have been caused by gas stuck in a septic tank though the real cause has not been ascertained as yet. Whatever the reason for the incident, the country has been experiencing gas related tragedies almost regularly with most linked to substandard cylinders.

With gas cylinders becoming an integral part of city life, a large number of flats in Dhaka use cylinders on a daily basis for cooking and in most cases, such cylinders are stocked in apartment buildings in a slapdash manner without proper protection and safeguards.

In addition, gas cylinders are transported on open hood buses while at CNG filling stations the passengers are now given the choice to either sit in a vehicle taking gas or step outside. In the past, all passengers had to go outside the vehicle during filling of gas.

This indicates that with the ubiquity of gas cylinders, our approach to the culture has become perfunctory with safety issues often neglected. The result is devastating since explosion of either gas lines or cylinders cause death and horrible injuries.

The worry is more because many slums in the city use cylinders which have no protective coating. In closed space, such death traps are never far away from playing children. With so many accidents, a law for safe storage, transport and disposal of gas cylinders is essential. Also, old gas pipes need to be fixed or marked so people are aware which areas to avoid. The city authority must carry out a citywide survey and mark areas which may pose hazards and then make immediate efforts to tackle the concerns.

The first duty to sensitise citizens rests on the office of the ward commissioner and they can take the help of local police stations to identify risks from gas, power and other sources. 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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