Sayed-Hossen plans action against illegal use of LPG
29 September 2011
Tuesday, the minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Cader Sayed-Hossen, kick-started the Gas Safety Awareness Campaign at The Link Hotel, Ebene.
The project is an initiative of Shell and Total to sensitise people on the need for security measures in the usage of LPG cylinders for domestic and automobile purposes.
Minister Sayed-Hossen said that that his ministry has set up a committee to take action against the illegal usage of gas, which is a fraud and is leading to scarcity in the market. He explained that gas is being used by hotels and cars.
He explained, “This illegal practice is costing the government Rs 150 million.”
He added that inspectors found some six to 12 gas cylinders, representing around 72 to 144 kilos, in the kitchens of restaurants. It is being used for the purpose of water-proofing and is costing the government an additional Rs 80 million.
Sayed-Hossen said, “The practice is illegal and on June 3, the Cabinet sanctioned the decision to impose control on the sale of domestic gas cylinder. This practice is known as illegal decanting.”
The minister urged gas distributors to collaborate with his ministry to protect consumers.
The chief executive officer (CEO) of Shell Mauritius, Kiran Juwaheer, the managing director of Total, Francois de Charnace and the communications manager of Shell Mauritius, Belinda Ramtohul spoke on the need for security in households.