People in Dhading district have been living in fear of their life due to careless operation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industries; inattentive to the safety measures.
The LPG industries established in the areas along the Prithvi Highway near the capital and main cities in the district have posed threat to the human settlements.
Currently, there are 19 LPG industries in the operation along the highway from Khanikhola of Dhunibesi Municipality to Majhitar of Benighat Rorang Rural Municipality in the district. Few more LPG industries are being established in the area. The increasing number of industries has constituted challenges.
Local residents have demanded the Dhading District Administration Office (DAO) to manage the industries established amid the settlements citing the risk industries pose.
The DAO has committed to taking necessary action after conducting an on-site inspection and reporting to the sector concerned.
The irate local residents of Bishaltar in Rorang Rural Municipality have visited the DAO to complain that local Shree Maya Gas Udyog turned a deaf ear in spite of their request from time to time to check the leakage in the industry.
It has been noted that the Shree Maya Gas Udyog is established in the human settlement at the distance of 50 metres (m) from a fuel station and also the bullet of refilling plant has been set up at the distance of 10m from the residences.
DAO Administration Officer Ram Mani Mishra said, the refilling plant has to be set up at the distance of at least 30m to 40m and has to be operated without disturbing the nearby settlements.
Workers from several LPG and plastic industries in the district have complained that they face challenges since no safety measures have been carried out at their workplace. They claimed that those industries had not been maintaining the required standard.
Although there is a provision that the gas refilling plant and petroleum dealers have to be set up at the fixed distance, the majority of plants, and fuel station and dealers have been established at the distance of no more than 50m, locals said.
The locals also said that most of the industries lacked the emergency firefighting devices and appliances, pointing that there were shortages of water which such industries have to use to cool down the gas bullet during summer.