ISLAMABAD - Devising a comprehensive plan for checking the safety of CNG cylinders, Department of Explosives of the Ministry of Industries has hired Third Party Inspectors having technical expert in checking the safety of cylinders.

Department of Explosives, Ministry of Industries in a statement has said that it has devised a comprehensive plan for checking safety of CNG cylinders. For this purpose it has hired Third Party Inspectors who are technically expert in checking safety of cylinders. Present accident of vehicular CNG cylinders are due to the use of low-pressure cylinders by informal sector for CNG storage, which are actually designed for low-pressure gases like LPG and Oxygen etc. Ministry of Industries is implementing a comprehensive safety plan that also includes awareness campaign and training programme in collaboration with UNDP and provincial govts to avoid such accidents.

Furthermore, it is clarified that the Government has not taken any decision to place the Department of Explosives under the administrative control of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. As per Rules of Business 1973, authority for Explosives and Safety Measures under the Petroleum Act 1934, is vested with Ministry of Industries and is exercised through Department of Explosives which is implementing agency since 1884.

 As per sections 5 and 6 of Explosives Act, 1884 Section 4 & 5 of Petroleum Act, 1934 and rules framed there under i.e. Petroleum Rules, 1937, Explosives Rules, 2010 and Mineral & Industrial Gases Safety Rules, 2010, the Department of Explosives is exclusively empowered to grant approval of design, specification, standards, import and manufacturing and manners of installation of all sort of compressed / liquefied gas containers, (cylinders, vessels), petroleum storage tanks, compressors, dispensers, piping, fittings, allied equipments and all kind of safety devices.

Department of Explosives is mandated under the law to ensure implementation of safety rules in not only Petroleum/CNG sectors but also across the board in industrial and mining sectors etc wherever any industrial gases, hazardous substances and explosives are used.