MbPT to free 150 hectares for infra projects

· Part of plans to make Mumbai global iconic city NAREDCO summit told
· All weather Marina project planned at Princess dock
· Princess and Victoria dock to become entertainment hubs
· Highest ropeway in world planned from Sewri to Elephanta above Trans Harbour Sea Link

From LtoR: Niranjan Hiranandani, President, NAREDCO West; Sanjay Bhatia, MD, Mumbai Port Trust; Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE; Khushru Jijina, MD, Piramal Fund Management, Shri Ashwani Kumar, CMD, Dena Bank; Anuj Puri, Chairman & Country Head, JLL India and Vikas Oberoi, CMD, Oberoi Realty- Photo by GPN Network

From LtoR: Niranjan Hiranandani, President, NAREDCO West; Sanjay Bhatia, MD, Mumbai Port Trust; Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE; Khushru Jijina, MD, Piramal Fund Management, Shri Ashwani Kumar, CMD, Dena Bank; Anuj Puri, Chairman & Country Head, JLL India and Vikas Oberoi, CMD, Oberoi Realty- Photo by GPN Network

MUMBAI, October 14, 2016 (GPN) : Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) will immediately free 150 hectares from its land parcel for iconic infrastructure projects such as entertainment hubs and all weather marina project.

Speaking on “Perspective on India’s growth story for infra and real estate” at the two-day NAREDCO summit on , MbPT managing director Sanjay Bhatia said that plans were afoot to create an all-weather Marina project at Princess dock.
An entertainment hub at Victoria and Princess Docks, while Marine Drive is all set to get a facelift with two jetties at Chowpatty and the NCPA end, he said.

In another project, the world’s highest ropeway is being planned from Sewri to Elephanta over the proposed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, he said and disclosed that Mumbai will also become the gateway for international cruise ships.

Highlighting the importance that infrastructure plays in real estate development Mr. Anuj Puri, Chairman & Country Head, JLL India said: “Land prices will come down if infrastructure is in properly developed. Ahmedabad, Hyderabad are two good examples where property prices have remained stable due to infrastructure support.”

Opening up of land for development helps in making a city vibrant, he said. The solution to create affordable housing would be to open more land and improve infrastructure. Real estate is in an evolution phase and even foreign markets like US and Germany have gone through this cycle. The retail real estate is doing well due to good quality projects and is presently in a consolidation mode, he added.

Speaking on high inventory Mr. Vikas Oberoi, CMD, Oberoi Realty said, “It is intriguing to see that when a project is launched and construction just begins it is considered inventory. This is misleading. It creates negative sentiments and sends out wrong signals to the market. “

On the issue of commercial spaces, Mr. Ashwani Kumar, CMD, Dena Bank said, “Commercial real estate sales in tier II and tier III cities is very good. For instance, in Surat, commercial assets are sold at a fast pace.”

He felt that NPAs is not an issue today as banks are doing due diligence and financing projects of only good developers.

Speaking on REITs Mr. Ashish Kumar Chauhan, MD & CEO, BSE said, “Real estate has been an enigma and not standardised. REITs and InvITs are important for us and when it is traded on the exchange it will make investors more comfortable.

Mr. Khushru Jijina, MD, Piramal Fund Management said, “REITs is a game changer for the industry. RERA is accelerating the process of natural death of bad developers and will eventually bring consolidation into the market, which is good for the long term.”

Speakinhg on RERA, Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, President, NAREDCO West said the government has taken positive initiatives to address issues faced by the industry. RERA is the right step towards bringing increased transparency and creating a conducive environment for home buyers.

He said buyers are today happy that they are protected. RERA was important as faith in the developer community had fallen to an all time low.

Mr. Shreekant Singh, Principal Secretary, Maharashtra Housing Department, said: “RERA will provide transparency to all stakeholders.
Dispelling the impression that RERA is one sided, he explained that the Act has taken care of the interest of both the consumers and developers. Real estate has the largest share in the GDP, he said and assured that RERA will cover concerns and issues of all stakeholders leading to transparency in realty.

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