Greater transparency, a quick and effective legal system and a clear regulatory framework are critical requirements for FDI inflow, which could hold the answer to the growing urban housing needs, says RAJIV DOGRA The recent issue of foreign direct investments (FDI) in retail brings to the fore its implications in the realty sector too, which generated much enthusiasm when the government liberalised its norms way back in 2005. FDI is an essential component of an open and effective international economic system and is considered as a major catalyst for development. "The Indian-built environment, too, has been witness to some of these changes, with a revision in the FDI policy for infrastructure, housing and townships in 2005, coupled with the SEZ Act of 2006," says Sachin Sandhir, Managing Director, RICS South Asia. However, the lingering structural and policy related issues with respect to lock-in requirements and exit routes coupled with the existent inflationary pressures and rising interest rates have had a dampening effect on the investment environment. Consequently, the real estate sector has seen a dip of approximately US $2.6 billion in FDI inflows in 2010-11, attracting just US $1.6 billion in comparison to 2009-10. Furthermore, Sandhir observes that investor sentiment has also been impacted on account of the continuing economic crisis in the eurozone and the US. Additionally, slower GDP growth rate projections in the country; capacity constraints of approximately 44 million skilled professionals in the built environment and high debt burdens of real estate developers are also likely to affect FDI in the sector. In a similar vein, Naushad Panjwani, Executive Director, Knight Frank India, says, "There are basically three reasons: the politicalinsecurity, instability on the growth factors and land reform issues, which are rampant, and there is a crying need to bring in reforms. Moreover, there is no regulator and execution is a huge challenge due to the fall in GDP." Similarly, Atul Goel, MD, Goel Ganga Group, observes that the RBI has been restrictive about external commercial borrowing. According to him, greater transparency, a quick and effective legal system and a clear regulatory framework are critical requirements for FDI flow into the sector. The Centre allowed up to 100 per cent FDI for setting up townships in 2002. However, the flow of FDI investments has been thwarted by the 100-acre criterion; since acquiring such a large chunk of land was impossible in metropolitan cities and even satellite cities like Significantly, FDI inflows provide a healthy stream of capital and provide a platform for foreign equity participation to broaden the base of residential real estate development. "It is, therefore, recommended to provide adequate impetus to the sector in the form of further relaxation in FDI norms for the development of townships, housing, built-up infrastructure and construction-development projects as a whole," Sandhir says. However, Rohit Gera, Joint MD, Gera Developments, begs to differ on the criterion of 50,000 sq m area limit for an FDI partnership and says it's a "well thought limit". "Though FDI might seem essential, there is also a need to protect the interests of smaller real estate developers, especially in the context of Pune. Foreign players with capital strength would prove to be a risk. We need to be a bit selfish about our interest and think whether we really need foreign capital," he says. On the contrary, CREDAI President Lalit Kumar Jain states that the cap on FDI is in fact a barrier and relaxing the norms will help bring more foreign currency into the market. "Structural funding is a way of life and the government needs to be flexible about it. Availability of funding will foster more expansion and development in the market and in fact encourage everyone to build," he shares. India in the next five years is estimated to require investments worth US $25 billion with the urban housing sector. Industry body ASSOCHAM, in fact, expects FDI in the Indian realty sector may achieve six-fold to US $30 billion in the next 10 years. The sector is expected to grow more than 30 per cent in the next few years. Meanwhile, with respect to the Consolidated FDI policy that the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is proposing, a minimum area of development of townships, housing, built-up infrastructure and construction- development projects should be stipulated within the FDI policy, suggest realty experts. It's been said that FDI in the real estate sector in India would also contribute towards making the sector more organised. Besides increasing professionalism in the sector, it would bring in advanced technology and help in the creation of healthy and competitive market environment for both domestic and foreign investors.
First of all I would like to thank you and the Gera team for organizing different workshops at our doorstep.
The best thing I have done to my kids is that I took a right decision to buy a flat in Gera.
Because of this decision , Vishnu could attend the development workshops that were conducted.
Vishnu was a shy child who didn't like to participate in any of the programmes.
As far as Dale Carnegie workshops is concerned it has given him a lot of confidence and was presenting things in a much better way and I can see a lot of improvement in him.In simple words u made a person(..
My son Tattva had been enrolled in the intermediate level and has been coached by the Vishwanathan Anand Chess Academy coach . Tattva has made remarkable strides and will be on his way to get his FIDE rating in November. A lot of credit goes to the mentor for his unique way of handling his students. He has been very patient while working with Tattva on his areas of improvement. In addition before the tournament the coach had voluntarily added additional classes and doubled his efforts to get a better performance out of Tattva. He has shown complete ownership which is commendable. I hope he continues to develop more and more chess players in the coming days...
It's a wonderful experience with the tennis academy and my daughter liked it. Also she is getting good training and love for the game.
The coaches are good and we would continue using their expertise for Nishita going onwards. We are also looking forward for signing (actually instrument) and dancing coaching too.
This is to share with you that both my little girls (Aditi Anisha) are really enjoying their Tennis classes at the Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academy.
I always find them very excited whenever there is TENNIS CLASS, and this excitement matters to both of us, as the kids seems to be interested.
It’s nice to see them constructively engaged, and coming home happy and having felt productive in their own child little way. It’s a great way for them to bond with other young ones and feel belonged to a larger community.
Thanks to You, Gera Developments and MBTA for giving our young ones, an opportunity for a wonderful learning experience.
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Regarding the workshops & different academy sessions, it has been wonderful experience so far for Shlok and we’re looking forward for the new opportunities.
It’s absolutely fantastic to have all these academies in the premises, and that too from the renowned personalities, so we can send kids without worrying about other factors like safety & all.
And most importantly, a big thanks to you for the lovely follow-ups & timely updates about the upcoming/ongoing sessions.