Continued gas explosions, food industries in verge of collapse

Sri Lanka’s hotel and food industries are severely affected due to a continuation of uncontrolled gas cylinder explosions.

A total of 727 gas cylinder explosions have been reported within 6 weeks, the police said. Police said majority of those incidents were reported due to explosion of gas stoves and gas pipes.

More than 80 per cent of canteens and hotels will be closed from tomorrow (18) due to the shortage of domestic Liquid Petroleum (LP) gas, Chief of the All Island Canteen Owners’ Association (AICOA), Asela Sampath said to the media.

He told the Colombo based media that the gas shortage in the market had become the main issue, in addition to the increase in vegetable prices.

“The canteen owners are facing a critical situation where they are unable to continue with their services,” he said.

Due to the shortage of gas and the price increase of vegetables, the price of vegetable lunch packets has been increased to Rs.180, the Association said.


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