Mar 06, Colombo: Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament Chamal Rajapaksa said the government needs to submit details of mega projects to parliament so the public can be informed of the government's development programs.
The Speaker expressed these views responding to a statement by the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe over violation of parliamentary privileges.
The Opposition Leader said he had raised a question under standing orders 23/2 regarding the proposed Colombo Port City.
On Wednesday also, Wickremasinghe raised questions in parliament over the Colombo Metropolitan Regional Structural Plan under which a new port city is to be built adjacent to the Colombo South harbor.
He said that there is an allegation about a fraud of US $ 300 million and demanded to submit the relevant documents pertaining to the project to the parliament.
Wickremasinghe said his privileges were violated as the answers provided to his question by the Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne and the Leader of the House Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva were inaccurate.
The Speaker however, pointed out that he could not see violation of parliamentary privileges and the House Leader said the government was ready for a full day debate over the matter.
The Opposition Leader asked the government to submit the set of proposals by the China Communication Construction Company which is contracted to build the Colombo Port City and the review submitted by the permanent committee to the cabinet so he could make a statement within a day.