Staff Reporter

Chennai: Slum Clearance Minister Suba Thangavelan on Wednesday inaugurated the community hall built for tsunami affected families living in HLL Nagar in Tondiarpet.

HLL Nagar has over 1,000 tenements built on 5.27 acres donated by Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) for the tsunami-affected.

Ashok Gupta, HUL executive director, inaugurated a nursery school in the complex. He said the initiative was part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility mission.

A ration shop was inaugurated by Debjit Rudra, HUL Regional Manager (South).

The community facilities have been constructed with a contribution of Rs.50 lakh from the employees of HUL. The company had distributed nutritional and personal hygiene products worth Rs.5 crore for immediate relief after the tsunami.

Later, it donated the land, with a market value of Rs.4.5 crore, for the construction of permanent houses for the affected families.

Commending the firm’s community service, Mr. Thangavelan encouraged corporate companies to donate land to build shelters for the needy.