Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday inaugurated houses in Tiruvottiyur for 3,616 families affected by the tsunami in 2004.

The houses were constructed by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board at a cost of Rs. 139.51 crore. The tenements were built on 13.69 hectares of land. Residents of Chennai and Tiruvallur districts who were affected by the tsunami in 2004 are the main beneficiaries of the project.

The three-storey buildings have been divided into 113 blocks with facilities for drinking water, sewerage, streetlights, schools, health posts, community hall, library, ration shop and parks. Each of the houses, measuring 278 sq.ft., has been built at a cost of Rs. 3.86 lakh.

A total of 1,941 tsunami-affected families from 19 villages in Tiruvallur district, and 1,014 families from 15 localities in Chennai district, will live in the houses. As many as 661 families rehabilitated for various infrastructure projects are also on the list of beneficiaries.