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Prince Charles to build utopia in India

world Updated: Jan 11, 2011 23:54 IST

Prince Charles wants to build an eco-friendly shanty town near Kolkata or Bangalore for 15,000 poor Indians, inspired by the one he saw in Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, a media report said.

The multi-million-pound venture plan includes schools, shops and 3,000 homes in a tiny area the size of 14 football pitches, the Daily Mail reported.

The Prince plans to turn a 25-acre swathe of wasteland on the outskirts of either Kolkata or Bangalore into a "mini-oasis in the desert", to be modelled on Poundbury, the Dorset model village that has been Prince Charles's 30-year pet project.

"When you enter what looks from the outside like an immense mound of plastic and rubbish, you immediately come upon an intricate network of streets with shops, houses and workshops, each one made out of any material that comes to hand," the report quoted Prince Charles as saying.

Prince Charles’ charity Foundation for the Built Environment, which will open its first overseas office in Mumbai this year, will undertake the project. The town, for mainly low-caste residents, will be "high-density but pleasant", a spokesperson said.