Congress led UDF opposition members in Kerala on Tuesday staged a walkout in the assembly protesting the refusal by Speaker K Radhakrishnan for debate on their adjournment motion on the delay in implementing schemes under Centre sponsored tsunami rahabilitation package.
Replying to the notice for motion by P C George, Revenue Minister K P Rajendran said out of the total 12,128 houses planned under the project in nine coastal districts, more than 4,000 had been complted and handed over to beneficieries.
Delay in completion of the construction work of houses in certain places was due to litigation connected with land acquisation and dispute over the list of beneficieries, he said. However, government had fixed a target of finishing the house construction work by December 2010, he said.
Radhakrishnan refused leave for the motion after the reply by the minister.
Construction work of more than 7000 houses were at different stages, he said, adding, keys of some of the houses would be handed over in October or November.
George in his opening remark alleged that the government had failed to complete schemes, particularly house construction even after three years of the tragedy. Government also diverted tsunami funds for other purposes, he alleged.
Before the walkout, opposition leader Oommen Chandy said the LDF which was in opposition when the tragedy struck had accused then UDF government of diverting tsunami funds has now not only failed to complete the projects in time but also diverted funds for other works.