The opposition has requested the government to make public the reports on investigations carried out into recent gas leak explosions that have been reported across the country.
Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara Jayamaha speaking in Parliament yesterday said efforts are underway to conceal the reports.
Speaking during the debate on the 2022 Budget, MP Jayamaha said Minister Udaya Gammanpila is the most sought-after individual at present owing to the closure of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery and the recent gas leak explosions.
The MP added during investigations by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation into the gas cylinders, it was revealed that a cylinder contains 49 percent of propane and 51 percent of butane.
He charged that Laugfs and Litro gas companies repeatedly deceived the public, adding that people are living with a ticking time bomb at home.
Therefore, MP Jayamaha called for the report to be tabled in Parliament.
He said previously during the conflict, women were afraid of their spouse’s safety owing to bombs on public transport, while today husbands are afraid of their spouses at home and their safety owing to gas cylinder explosions.
Responding Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila said the investigations were carried out on the request of the Consumer Rights Protection Authority, adding that therefore, the content of the reports cannot be publicised without consent.
Minister Gammanpila said he is of the view that the content of the report must be made public.
The Minister said the investigation was conducted independently, adding that it will be handed over to the Consumer Rights Protection Authority who will then determine if it should be made public.
He said he himself has not inquired into the content of the report.