Malzahar in Kerala is the latest building project to be scaled back due to climate change, with the state planning to phase out most of the city’s existing housing by 2025.
The state’s Planning Commission, headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, has approved plans to convert the sprawling Malayalam slum into a 5,500 sq. km housing project with three floors and a garage, the Times of New India reported.
It will be built on the site of a former railway station that has been demolished to make way for a hotel, a health centre and a school.
It will be the first time in Kerala that a government-owned mobile home has been built, the paper said.
The project will be financed by a public-private partnership, and it is expected to cost Rs 1,500 crore ($290 million).
The plan to convert Malzahars from urban to rural areas is expected by 2020, according to the Times, but it is unclear if this will mean more affordable housing in the sprawling city.