GAS ORDINANCE

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Company may be empowered to construct the necessary gasworks.

4. Extension of company's operations outside a Municipal town.

5. Power to break up streets under superintendence and to open drains.

6. Company not to enter on private land without consent.

7. Notice to be served on persons having control before breaking up streets or opening drains.

8. Streets or drains not to be broken up except under superintendence of persons having control of the same.

9. If persons having the control fail to superintend, company may proceed with the work.

10. Penalty for delaying in reinstating streets.

11. In case of delay other parties may reinstate and recover the expense.

12. Power to enter buildings for ascertaining quantity of gas consumed.

13. Recovery of rent due for gas.

14. Power to take away pipes when supply of gas discontinued.

15. Meters not liable to distress for rent.

16. Penalty for fraudulently using gas.

17. Penalty for willfully damaging pipes.

18. Satisfaction for accidentally damaging pipes.

19. Penalty for causing water to be corrupted.

20. Daily penalty during escape of gas after notice.

21. Penalty if water be fouled by gas.

22. Power to examine gas pipes to ascertain cause of water being fouled.

23. Expenses to abide result of examination.

24. How expenses to be ascertained.

25. Liability to indictment for nuisance.

26. Copies of the original deed of association and of all rules to be kept for inspection at the office of the company in the town or place where the gasworks are established, and in the office of the Registrar of Companies.

27. Service of process.

AN ORDINANCE relating to the supply of gas to municipal and other towns in Sri Lanka.

1 of 1869,

15 of 1926,

61 of 1939,

3 of 1946,

29 of 1947.

[Date of Commencement: 11th January, 1869]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Gas Ordinance.

2. Interpretation.

The following words and expressions in this Ordinance shall have the meanings hereby assigned to them, unless there be something in the subject or context repugnant to such construction—

"Company” shall include a person;

"Street” shall include any square, court, alley, highway, lane, thoroughfare, or public passage or place.

3. Company may be empowered to construct the necessary gasworks.

It shall be lawful for the Minister, if it shall appear to his satisfaction that a company is in a position to undertake, with advantage to the public, to supply any Municipal town in Sri Lanka with gas, to empower, by Order to be for that purpose issued and published in the Gazette, such company to construct the necessary works for supplying any town named in the said Order with gas.

4. Extension of company's operations outside a Municipal town.

(1) The Minister may, from time to time, by Order published in the Gazette

(a) authorise any company to construct the necessary works for supplying with gas any area specified in the Order being outside a Municipal town, and declare that all or any of the provisions of this Ordinance and of the Gas Meter Ordinance, shall apply to such area in like manner as they apply to a Municipal town;

(b) declare what authority or person shall, as respects such area, have and exercise the several rights, privileges, and powers, and perform the duties, which by this Ordinance or the Gas Meter Ordinance, are vested in or imposed on the Municipal Council or any officer thereof;

(c) declare to what authority or person shall be given any notice required by this Ordinance or the Gas Meter Ordinance, to be given to the Municipal Council or any officer thereof;

(d) declare, as respects such area, out of what fund the expenses and remuneration referred to in section 13 of the Gas Meter Ordinance, are to be paid;

(e) authorise any Urban Council or Town Council to enter into a contract with and pay the company for the company to light by gas the area within its jurisdiction or any part thereof.

(2) Every Order under this section shall, as soon as conveniently may be, be laid before Parliament, and may at any of the next three meetings of Parliament be disallowed by resolution of Parliament, and if so disallowed shall be annulled.

5. Power to break up streets under superintendence and to open drains.

The said company so empowered, and its agents, servants, and workmen, shall thereupon be entitled to open and break up the soil and pavement of the several streets and bridges in the town or place in which it is declared entitled, by the said Order, to establish gasworks, and to open and break up any sewers, drains, or tunnels within or under such streets and bridges, and lay down and place within the same pipes, conduits, service pipes, and other works, and from time to time repair, alter, or remove the same, and also make any sewers that may be necessary for carrying off the washings and waste liquids which may arise in the making of the gas; and for the purposes aforesaid to remove and use all earth and materials in and under such streets and bridges; and in such streets to erect any pillars, lamps, and other works and do all other acts which they said company shall, from time to time, deem necessary for supplying gas to the inhabitants of the said town or place and its environs, doing as little damage as may be in the execution of the powers hereby granted and making compensation for any damage which may be done in the execution of such powers.

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