Tackle wrong siting of fuel stations – PPP to gov’t
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has asked the regulatory bodies in the energy sector to deal with filling stations that are wrongly sited.
According to the party, this will help avert explosions such as the one that occurred at the Atomic Junction in Madina on Saturday, October 6, killing seven people and injuring 135 others.
A statement by the party said: “This unfortunate mishap made it the third such gas explosion so far this year, and the eighth in the last three years.
“We would like to express our utmost sadness for the increase in such avoidable explosions and offer our profound sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives. To the injured, we reach out to them with our prayers and sincere wishes for speedy recovery. Please let us observe a minute’s silence for the victims of these gas explosions!
“Once again, we wish to highlight the need to carefully site such stations away from residential properties. We insist on the highest safety standards, including regular training and certification for all staff associated with this industry. We must eliminate likely future explosions and needless loss of precious lives. We also call for clear guidelines from those state agencies charged with the responsibility for bringing order and transparent administration into such a vital but very hazardous industry segment.”