The world’s most populous country is about to get its first-ever home of its kind.
Acharya, a small town of 1,000 people on the northern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has become the first city in the country to have its own mini-chimneys built.
Its chimney towers will be able to accommodate up to 10,000 occupants, making it one of the largest single-building homes in the world.
Its new home, which will be the country’s first-of-its-kind, is being built by the government-owned Chomney Building Corporation (CBC), which owns more than 80 buildings across India.
The city’s plan to build a new city-wide building of its own is one of many steps the state government is taking to encourage people to build their own homes.
“In terms of urban housing, we have very few projects in India that can support the kind of growth that we need,” says Chomneys director-general Rajendra Kumar.
“The Chomchas have a very high growth rate and we need to build more housing.”
According to the CBC, the Chomches have more than 40 buildings under construction across the state and more than 100 of them are being built in Tamil Nadu.
The construction of new houses in India is considered the countrys biggest challenge for urban planners.
In the next five years, India will have a population of 6.5 billion people, or about 5 per cent of the global total.
The CBC says its goal is to build as many as 3,000 homes by 2030.
Chomney building, a new home that could be built in a few years, has been a long-held dream of the government.
“This project will help us build more homes in a shorter time frame and provide a better quality of life for the citizens,” says Chandrakant Rajan, deputy chairman of the Chomeers Construction Association.