Kerala is set to get a Global Village complex costing Rs 1 billion to bring together Malayalis from around the world.
It would include a residential complex, educational institutions, resorts and medical facilities. The mega project, an initiative of the World Malayalee Council (WMC), would be built at the picturesque Kuttikannam in Idukki district.
WMC is a global community organisation, providing a meeting point for Malayalis. The concept of Global Village is to be showcased at the WMC Global Conference in Kochi from August 1 to 7.
Organisers expect around 500 Malayalis from 40 countries and at least 1,500 from within the country to attend.
Said Sabu Karikkassery, president of WMC, Kochi, "We are planning to set aside 25 acres for plantation activities. This is being visualised as the ideal place for people who prefer to spend their retired life in peace.
"The Global Village is going to be a project in which all Malayalis would be able to buy shares. The first phase would be ready in three years, the second in seven years from now," Karikkassery said.
WMC was formed in 1995 in New Jersey in the US.