July 14, Colombo: Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP for Jaffna District, M.A .Sumanthiran, on Thursday filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court to against a government project to build 65,000 pre-fabricated steel houses for the Internally Displaced People in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
Minister for Resettlement and Rehabilitation D.M. Swaminathan, the foreign contractor, Arcelor Mittal Construction France, and the Attorney General have been named as respondents to the petition.
MP Sumanthiran in his petition states that civil society representatives and the community leaders in those area have pointed out the expenditure, wastage and drawbacks of such houses and he has informed the Parliament about the matter.
He said that the proposed houses are not suitable from a variety of points of view, and that the award of the tender to Arcelor Mittal Construction France, was flawed.
The petitioner says that with the expenses to build the pre-fabricated houses, more brick and cement houses can be made,
MP Sumanthiran sought an Interim Order preventing any further steps being taken by the Minister and his agents with regard to the implementation of the construction of the steel prefabricated houses.