Affordable Housing In India – Where Is The Supply?

Affordable housing is a term we use for residential units in India’s urban areas which are affordably priced with respect to households that fall within a specific limited income range. There is no single set of parameters to define what an affordable housing unit should cost in India. This is because the pricing and feasibility to developers of affordable housing is a function of the city, location within the city, type of project being built and also the construction technology employed.

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In India, it is appropriate to judge the affordability of a home on three broad parameters – the monthly income of prospective buyers from the target segment, the size of the home and, of course, its price. There is another element that should be mentioned, namely the target clientele itself. We tend to look at the word ‘affordable’ solely in terms of the LIG (lower income group) segment. For this segment, affordable housing would mean 200-300 square foot dwellings priced at between 7-12 lakh.

But what about people who earn more than the average factory labourer but still cannot afford to buy a decent 1 BHK flat of 300-450 square feet within ten to fifteen kilometers of their workplaces? They too need affordable housing – housing appropriately priced for the middle class. The home buyers in this segment can afford to buy flats in the price range of Rs. 30-35 lakh via home loans.

Obviously, they expect a certain standard of living, comforts and facilities for this expense. However, but even such flats are hard to come by in our larger cities. This is the case even in Pune.

Today, around 30% of India’s population lives and works in urban areas. This means that they occupy less than 2% of the land available in the country. If we zoom in on Maharashtra, it emerges that close to 60% of the overall population lives in urban locations. Distressingly, a closer look at a city like Mumbai reveals that over 50% of its citizens live in slums. Mumbai’s slums occupy less than 4% of the land available in the city. Obviously, the affordable housing quotient has gone badly wrong in Pune’s prosperous neighbouring city. However, the problem is larger than just one city, which continues to get negative press only because of its exorbitantly high property rates and enormous annual inward migration.

Despite everything being said on the matter, the shortage of affordable housing in India is getting worse instead of better. The country’s urban population of 285 million has multiplied itself by five over the last half century. It is projected that it will continue to increase at this fast pace, and that 50% of all Indians will be living in urban areas by the end of the next three decades. So, if the shortage for housing for the lower income segment stands at 25 million today and there is no increase in the pace of supply of affordable housing launches, what will this figure look like in 30 years?

Let us look at the situation from a real estate market point of view. There is, in fact, a gigantic market for affordable housing in India. Currently, it is valued at anything between Rs. 5-10 trillion. What is really being done to address this huge market – especially the one constituted by the ever-growing middle class? There are next to no Government incentives for projects with flats in the Rs. 30-35 lakh bracket.

While the only answers to this question in Mumbai seem to lie in small projects on the far outskirts of the city, Pune presents a far more encouraging picture. Developers of township properties in Pune have now begun addressing this market with an internationally inspired property development model called integrated townships. This model is based on maximum value for money to buyers, based on high-grade common infrastructure and shared facilities in more cost-effective, yet progressive areas like the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.

With fully integrated township projects like Woodsville and Celestial City, we at Pharande Spaces have been successful in delivering affordable housing for the mid-income segment of home buyers in Pune and the PCMC area.  There are various reasons for this success.

For one, land for these integrated townships was acquired early on in upcoming locations such as Ravet and Moshi. This meant that the price of the finished products could be kept within the means of Pune property buyers. Secondly, townships like Woodsville and Celestial City are conceived and constructed on a model that allows luxurious facilities and amenities on an economy of scale. In other words, it is possible to provide luxurious features for all units in these projects on the basis of a large-scale master plan.

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Anil Pharande is Vice President – CREDAI (Pune Metro) and Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

A Call For Action For The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation

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Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation was honoured by by presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Ajit Pawar and NCP President Shri Sharad Pawar. These distinguished dignitaries had very generously agreed to inaugurate several key infrastructure projects at PCMC:

  • The new PCNTDA building near Akurdi Railway station
  • The Traffic Park at Bhosari
  • The flyover near Spine Road
  • PCMC’s very own Nala Park
  • The Science Park at Auto Cluster

We, the architects of India’s most progressive planned city, were truly inspired by the kind words of praise, encouragement and hope that these honoured guests offered at the inauguration ceremonies. It is clear that the Government has recognized Pimpri-Chinchwad as the City of the Future, and that the city can depend on the fullest support as it continues to progress.

Nevertheless, there are reasons to be cautious in all this optimism. It is true that the careful and futuristic engineering of development at PCMC by the PCNTDA has become a national and even international benchmark for town planning. However, there have been various challenges along this road to progress. We need to take these hurdles into consideration if the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is to fulfill its maximum potential as the City of the future.

Considering the pace at which real estate development has been taking place, certain lacunae in adhering to the PCNTDA’s master plan were unavoidable. One of the most glaring examples of this was the emergence of unauthorized structures in various pockets of the PCMC.

Thankfully, this issue is being dealt with firmly. The authorities have embarked on a massive drive to deal with such structures, and we are confident that all illegal constructions will be erased from the landscape by the end of 2013. However, we cannot deny that these are damage control measures which would not have been necessary if the damage had never been allowed to occur in the first place.

More Road Connectivity

Another area of concern is lack of adequate road connectivity between certain key areas of the PCMC and areas such as Talegaon. Because of the massive potential for industrial and residential development in and around these areas, they have seen most of the road construction initiatives. In the process, road connectivity from these locations to some of the most important growth areas of PCMC has been largely ignored.

Paradoxically, the areas referred to as Phase 2 in the PCMC development plan hold the highest potential for real estate growth. Thanks to the availability of large land parcels at relatively lower prices, residential and commercial realty development has picking up rapidly in areas such as Moshi. In the meantime, Moshi has become a hotbed for property investments because of the International Convention Centre being jointly developed by the Maratha Chamber of Commerce and the PCMC.

Despite this, there is still no sufficient road connectivity between Phase 2 and the larger industrial hubs. This is going to prove to be a huge stumbling-block for the overall growth of the region. The lack of a suitable road network means that people living in areas like Moshi face difficulties in reaching their workplaces in these employment clusters. This issue must be addressed on a priority basis. A city like PCMC must do everything in its power to ensure that its growth pockets are not isolated from each other.

PCMC Needs To Expand

Yet another issue is that the population within the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is growing at an annual rate of 73%. Such a rate of growth makes it necessary to provide more spaces for development. Unfortunately, there have been limitations put on the city’s potential for geographic expansion by Red Zones (non-development areas).

It is imperative that more of the region’s outlying villages be included in the urbanization plan. There are enough examples in India of what happens when a city does not expand geographically in tandem with its population growth. Such a situation must not be allowed to develop in the PCMC. Also, PCMC needs to be able to accommodate the rapid growth in population in terms of providing more educational institutions, shopping complexes, healthcare establishments and entertainment zones.

Encourage Green Development

Finally, I would like to touch on PCMC’s major thrust towards sustainable real estate development. It is no secret that green development is the future of real estate all over the world. In fact, many of the bigger residential townships and commercial complexes in the PCMC have already adopted the ‘green development’ mantra. The new PCNTDA building itself is a resounding statement to how important sustainable development has become to the city.

Nevertheless, there is still a noticeable lack of enthusiasm within the region about the benefits of green homes and workplaces. One of the reasons for this is lack of awareness. Many of the region’s residential property developers and buyers have not been attuned to the advantages of environmentally sustainable properties. I urge the State Government to join hands with the PCMC to bring about greater awareness and eventual adoption of this vitally important principle.

I also strongly advocate better incentives for developers and buyers of green homes in the PCMC. The use of non-conventional energy sources and sustainable waste water management does not only have a positive impact on the environment and on the overall quality of life. Such measures reduce the strain on municipal resources, resulting in significant revenue savings. Unless the benefits of these savings are passed back on to the developers and buyers of sustainable properties, we cannot expect a more wide-spread adoption of the ‘green’ mantra in PCMC.

We gratefully acknowledge the importance that the visiting dignitaries have given to the City of the Future by gracing it with their presence. At the same time, we sincerely request them to take heed of PCMC’s most urgent requirements.

Pharande Spaces Announces L-axis, PCMCs Premium Residential Project

Affordably Priced, Will Cater to Management Cadre Homebuyers.

Pune, June 27, 2012:  Pharande Spaces, the leading construction and development firm specializing in township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, is launching its premium residential project L-axis on the PCMC Spine Road, in Sector 6 of Pradhikaran. The launch date is June 28, 2012. The project is spread over 11 acres of verdant green land and will feature 2, 2.5 and 3 BHK apartments.

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“Projects by Pharande Spaces have become a byword for value for money, and our mid-income housing townships in Moshi, Ravet and various locations in Pradhikaran have met with resounding success,” says Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces. “L-axis is our offering to the premium segment of home buyers who value even more advanced levels of comfort, generous living space and high-tech amenities.”

Spine Road, which is where this ahead-of-its time luxury housing project is located, has become one of the most talked about infrastructure embellishments in the progressive Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. This area is fundamentally at the core of Pune’s most vibrant industrial area, with many manufacturing giants such as Tata Motors, Force Motors and Bajaj Auto close by. It is also well-connected to the Chakan industrial area, which is home to national and international automobile companies like Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and Mahindra & Mahindra. Apart from this, the Talawade IT Park is also within easy access.

In addition, L-axis is advantageously placed close to the Bhosari District Centre, Sadhu Vaswani International School, Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir, the PCNTDA Traffic Park and the upcoming International Exhibition and Convention Centre at Moshi. The project will feature technologically advanced security and lifestyle features to its residents and boasts of vast green spaces, with paved area kept at a minimum.

L-axis also includes a modern clubhouse with gymnasium, tennis and basketball courts, a multi-purpose community hall and a massive water-world-style swimming pool that offers limitless enjoyment to all family members.

“We have conceived L-axis in response to the huge demand for luxury living spaces coming from the managerial cadre of these industries,” explains Anil Pharande. “Keeping in mind the clientele, we have added every possible lifestyle feature, including multiple parking spaces, luxurious atriums and lobbies in each building and high-speed lifts.”

In fact, L-axis represents a first-of-its kind residential option for discerning homebuyers in the PCMC area for whom ease, luxury and convenience are the primary watchwords. No effort has been spared to make this a landmark development which will become its own distinctive address. The launch price for apartments at L-axis is currently Rs. 4500 per square foot, and will be augmented to Rs. 5000 per square foot thereafter.

Pharande explains that PCMC’s Spine Road is the perfect location for this project, providing a residential catchment that is a focal point of the region’s most prestigious industries. The 10-kilometer road connects two major highways and also runs through Pimpri Chinchwad’s industrial, residential and commercial areas on the eastern side.

Pimpri Chinchwad Leads Pune Property Market

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Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

With the formation of a well-planned satellite town adjoining an overcrowded city like Pune, the most obvious benefit is a possibility to de-congest the parent city. However, a more interesting fact is that real estate corridors such as the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation actually have higher real estate appreciation potential than the central city. This is because they are growth areas where demand rises steadily and quality supply is still possible.
Pune PropertyIn such growth corridors, the greatest advantage to the property investor is the fact that the entry cost is relatively lower than in more centralized locations, even while the potential growth in real estate prices is much higher. Self-use buyers do factor in the property investment potential of satellite towns such as PCMC. However, what attracts them the most is its superior infrastructure, planned development and higher degree of natural ambience.
There are various cities in India with upcoming or established satellite towns.  Mumbai has Navi Mumbai as well as Kalyan/Dombivili and Vasai/Virar, while Delhi has Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Guragon and Greater Noida. In Bangalore, Yelahanka and Devanhalli are showing considerable promise, while Sriperumbadur and Siruseri in Chennai have proposed as satellite towns.
Kolkata has an established satellite town in Rajarhat, apart from Kalyani and Batanagar. However, the growth that each of these areas experiences or will experience depends entirely on the quality of infrastructure and the level of urban planning being implemented there. This is why investment in Pradhikaran properties and real estate in the other boom areas of PCMC is such a winning proposition.
The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and similar modern satellite towns have superior real estate appreciation potential for a variety of reasons. Just like everywhere else, Pune property rates respond primarily to the common denominator of demand and supply.
Residential real estate demand is created when an area has the right mix of employment opportunities, good infrastructure and the potential for an ambient, stress-free lifestyle. An additional prerequisite for demand is connectivity to the central city, without which residents in the satellite town would be, for most purposes, cut off from familiar areas and resources in the main city.
  • The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation offers ample connectivity to Pune via road and rail
  • Its industrial and business zones generate countless jobs each year
  • Infrastructure in the PCMC area is vastly superior to what the central Pune infrastructure offers
  • The PCMC planning authorities have ensured that real estate development in this area adheres strictly to a pre-set urban planning model, thereby ensuring a high degree of living standards
  • Unlike central Pune, areas like Pradhikaran in PCMC offer modern yet affordable township properties. Township properties  are now widely recognized and accepted as the new residential property paradigm
The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is a showcase example of how a satellite town can surpass the parent city in terms of property investment potential as well as residential lifestyle quotient.
Little wonder, then, that properties in Pimpri Chinchwad are in ever-increasing demand by Pune property buyers. After all, PCMC remains a meticulously masterminded property investment destination that generates its own economic growth and social infrastructure. In PCMC, the commercial, retail and residential property markets work symbiotically to create a winning proposition for both real estate investors and end users from Pune and beyond.
Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

PCNTDA Completes 25 Years Of Service To Pimpri Chinchwad

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Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

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The Pimpri Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA), which has completed 25 years of active service to the region, has been a major catalyst in the planned development Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Coropration (PCMC). Under its auspices, the residential property sector in the PCMC has been transformed from what was once an industrial zone into one of the hottest property investment destinations in Pune – and indeed in the country.

Pune PropertyOver the last three decades, several thousand acres of land have been acquired, developed, zoned and brought under the jurisdiction of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and PCNTDA. This land was developed and available for residential and commercial real estate utilization. As a result, there has been a monumental shift in PCMC real estate. Thanks to the PCNTDA, the Pimpri Chinchwad real estate sector has thrived and grown in an astounding manner.

The Pimpri Chinchwad New Township Development Authority is staffed by extremely capable and committed IAS officers. Under its directions, the PCMC area has become a masterpiece of urban development. Today, it boasts of impeccable infrastructure and public amenities, including multi–lanes roads, strategically located fly-overs, public parks and urban forestation, residential property zones including MIG and LIG Housing on a public private partnership basis, ample potable water supply and a comprehensive drainage network.

Under the PCNTDA, other service sectors have also grown rapidly, particularly schools and colleges. There are now over 25 colleges in Pimpri Chinchwad, offering graduate and post-graduate education in virtually every discipline – healthcare, retail, entertainment, banking and financial services and public transport.

These developments have attracted some of the world’s largest companies from the automobile, IT and engineering sectors. It will also become the home of one of India’s largest International Convention Centers (on a 200-acre plot at Moshi, just off the Pune-Nashik Highway). Admeasuring 100,000 square feet, this hall will equal (if not rival) similar exhibition hubs in Munich, Shanghai and other major metros around the world.

The breath-taking residential property areas that now dot the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation map are not an accident – they are the result of carefully planned social, economic and real estate growth by the PCNTDA. This vigilance and futuristic thinking has created an avant-garde city which has adopted a blueprint for smart growth – a blueprint that placed utmost importance to organized urban planning.

Today, thanks to the PCNTDA, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is an acknowledged masterpiece of community-oriented real estate development. It has a unique blend of sustainable residential spaces, highly advanced transportation networks, a broad spectrum of employment opportunities, modern housing typologies such as township properties and superior supportive infrastructure. At every stage of planning, this city’s inherent natural, cultural, sociological and economic resources have been carefully preserved.

 Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Pune Real Estate: From Kothrud To Wakad – And Beyond

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Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

In Pune, property and quality of life were once synonymous, but that can no longer be taken as a given. In earlier years, it did not really matter much where one chose to buy property in Pune – all locations were more or less supportive of peaceful family life in their own right.

Today, while considering flats for sale in Pune, one has to consider a number of variables – among them the levels of traffic congestion and pollution, the availability of basic facilities such as water and, of course, quality of the neighborhood.

Let us take Kothrud, for example. This once charming area was one of the first suburbs to be developed after the old city. Even today, it is considered a desirable core area due to its strong connection with the city centre via Karve Road. However, for better or for worse, Kothrud is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as the suburb with the fastest urban growth in the world.

Kothrud started developing in late 90s. Back then, Pune City was truly a Pensioner’s Paradise, with little economic activity. People from Mumbai looking to buy property in Pune preferred Kothrud, naturally leading to an accelerated rate of development.

By the time the IT/ITES boom began in 2000-02, Kothrud was a full-fledged residential destination. Because of this, it fortunately did not go the way of suburbs like Aundh and Baner in the West or Viman Nagar in the East as they joined the IT/ITES bandwagon.

Over the past decade-and-a-half, Kothrud has evolved as one of the most densely populated residential destination in Pune. Residential projects are very scarce and the demand is enormous. However, because of the manner in which it grew, Kothrud was not developed holistically in terms of social infrastructure.

Many other areas in Pune developed on similar lines, and the old Pensioner’s Paradise charm soon gave way to massive, relentless development. This began the hunt for less cluttered and more lifestyle-supportive residential locations.

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Fortunately, Pune is not a sea-locked city like Mumbai, and there was scope for looking further ahead. One of the first areas to emerge as a preferred area to settle down was Wakad – a once-nondescript village with 5000 locals who farmed sugarcane, onion and groundnut in its rich, black, fertile soil.

In 1983, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) acquired 50% of this virgin location. By 1998, PCMC counted Wakad as one of its areas. Today, Wakad has emerged as the focus of younger, financially fit families that are looking to upgrade their lifestyle by moving to larger, more nature-endowed homes on the outskirts of Pune City.

With the increasing congestion of the previously preferred area of Aundh, neighboring Wakad was seen as the perfect location, with close proximity to the Infotech and Biotech Parks at Hinjewadi, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Industrial area, the Mumbai-Bangalore Bypass, the Super Express Highway to Mumbai and the Balewadi National Sports complex.  Thanks to the Expressway, Wakad is only about 80 to 90 minutes away from Mumbai, and Mumbaikars looking to buy property in Pune saw it as an excellent value proposition.

Of course, Wakad is just one of the chapters that the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has in its book of Pune real estate successes. Today, Ravet and other sectors of Pradhikaran in the PCMC have become the new residential real estate watchwords in Pune. These areas are developing fast and are even now venues of extremely modern integrated residential projects.

However, the development of Wakad marked the beginning of a new residential real estate trend in Pune – the quest for better environments to settle down in and recapture some of Pune’s erstwhile glory as Queen of the Deccan.

Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Property Investment – How Real Estate Appreciation Happens In West Pune

Property investment only makes sense when the investor is fairly assured of a property’s appreciation and rental income potential. But these days, even normal home buyers are intent on getting the benefit of property appreciation and the possibility of good rental income when they are buying a home in Pune. Gone are the days when a home was simply a home – today, it is also a means for ensuring future financial security.

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The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has become one of the most promising areas for property appreciation in Pune today. There are many reasons for this:

  • PCMC is a developing area, which means that property rates are still lower than in fully developed areas
  • Because it is still developing, a lot of new infrastructure is being put in. Infrastructure is one of the prime influencers for property appreciation
  • The fact that PCMC residential real estate is being thoroughly planned by the PCNTDA (Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority) is ensuring that development is closely monitored. Since the PCNTDA follows a master plan for the development of residential property in PCMC, every location gains maximum investment value. There is no chance of oversupply, destruction of the environment or shortfall of necessary infrastructure
  • West Pune is a hotbed for growing residential real estate demand because of the huge presence of automobile and other manufacturing industries there. There is unlimited demand for homes right from the affordable housing category to the luxury homes segment

It is important for anyone interested in property investment to know how real estate appreciation actually takes place. We have often heard that real estate investment is all about ‘location, location, location’ and this is largely true. However, we also need to understand what it is that gives a location its investment value.

First of all, one needs to consider how much demand exists for homes in a particular area. Then one needs to look at how many projects are being constructed to meet this demand. If the demand is more than the supply, the location has great appreciation potential. If there is more supply than demand, there is an oversupply situation and property appreciation will be low.

Another factor to consider is the existing cost of residential property in the location, and the manner in which property prices have moved. For example, if property prices in a location five to seven years ago were half of what they are now, the appreciation potential is definitely high. This is usually the case in so-called ‘growth corridors’, where a lot is happening every year to develop the area further.

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If property prices have moved less than 10-12% over the last five years, it means that the area has very little appreciation potential. This invariably happens in city centres, which have been developed to such an extent that no further development is possible.

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What kind of new developments cause property prices to shoot up? These include:

  • New roads, widening of existing roads, bridges and flyovers, which improve connectivity of the area to other areas
  • The arrival of new office complexes or industries, which increase employment and create demand for homes in the area
  • Education and healthcare institutes and facilities, and also shopping and entertainment complexes. These increase the comfort levels and quality of life for residents

About The Author:

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Anil Pharande Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in Western Pune. Pharande Promoters & Builders, the flagship company of Pharande Spaces, an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a mixed bag of products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran.

Pune Real Estate: The Price Of Rapid Urbanization

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By the most recent reckoning, India’s population currently hovers around the 1.15 billion mark. It is estimated that by 2030, this figure will have grown to around 1.53 billion. India’s urban areas are just about ready to burst at the seams, on the heels of an accelerating population explosion.

The population growth in India’s rural areas in the present decade is around 18%, and over 30% in the urban areas. This pattern of urbanisation is seen as encouraging, since it seems to indicate that India will attain the global urbanization standard average in the course of the next decade.

However, it is also true that this upsurge in our cities’ population is putting available civic structures like public transport, water supply, drainage, sewerage and obviously the supply of housing under severe pressure.

This raises the question – how are India’s real estate developers addressing the problem of insufficient infrastructure in and around their projects in the main cities? The fact is, they can’t do much.

In cities like Pune, property buyers have no choice but to turn a blind eye to the absence of sufficient infrastructure. They are aware of the fact that they will face numerous inconveniences, but what can they do?

Many opt to buy into projects that boast of compensatory measures to overcome the infrastructure deficit. These would include independent water supply if a reliable municipal pipeline doesn’t exist, electricity backup to make up for unreliable power supply and sump pits if the area does not have adequate sewage.

However, such projects in Pune City are few and far between, and homes in them come at extremely high prices. Also, no matter in how many ways Pune developers compensate for lack of civic infrastructure, they cannot add more than a token patch of landscaped lawn by ways of natural ambience.

The high property rates are a real problem. Many of those who buy flats in Pune have saved all their lives for buying their Pune dream home. They have made a lot of sacrifices to make this happen; having finally managed to save enough, they buy their homes and immediately regret it.

The maintenance costs for their flats are far too high for them to bear – a lot of them can’t afford petrol for their cars anymore. They travel to and from work by bus.

We have all looked at the parking lots of highly-priced residential projects and seen dusty cars with handmade posters on the rear windows saying things like ‘Homemade Detergent Soap Available at Flat 12A’ and ‘Tuition For Stds. V to IX – Contact Mr. XYZ at Flat 26C.

It simply makes no sense to invest everything in a home and then live in financial stress afterward. The solution obviously lies in finding a home where the same investment buys you more.

The choice is between paying a certain amount on a small, under-equipped flat in the crowded central city or on a spacious home in a location blessed with natural beauty and and sound infrastructure.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, which planned its residential areas decades ago, offers such options. The integrated residential projects in Ravet and other sectors of Pradhikaran close to the upcoming International Convention Centre offer the kind of homes that Puneites have always dreamed of, but never been able to own.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation also has an extremely vibrant economy, offering more and more job opportunities across all business sectors with every passing year.

Finally, because of the regulated nature of the PCMC real estate market and the high emphasis on civic facilities and amenities, there is no question of an eventual infrastructure deadlock. The real estate prices are way below those see in Pune, too. For that reason, these are the kind of homes that will be sources of joy for several generations.

Anil Pharande is Chaiman – Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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Township Property Mania Hits Pune

In Pune, something very new and exciting is happening on the residential real estate market. Where ordinary flats were once the most sought-after type of residential property, the trend is slowly but surely changing to a demand for township properties. The more discerning Punekars of today says that nothing less than the convenience and ambience of a township property will do.

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Who are these people? Mostly representatives of the IT and manufacturing sectors. These, along with some other discerning professionals, have apparently become fed up with the congestion of the inner city, and the lack of amenities in the projects there. They are setting their sights on the spacious, green environment of areas beyond Aundh. Pimpri Chinchwad, with a special focus on the booming market in Pradhikaran properties, is especially in demand.

What is it about these township properties in the PCMC area that makes them so different from other available ones on the Pune property market? Well, one reason is that nothing within the suburbs of Pune can match the bliss of living in a township property. The mantra in these avant-garde resindetial projects in Pimpri Chinchwad is still ‘respect and enjoy Nature’. In the township properties in areas like Moshi and Ravet, green environment is carefully maintained and traffic congestion is unheard-of, despite the proximity of the Express Highway.

The environment is absolutely perfect for families to live in. There is so much demand for these properties that many prominent developers have snapped up prime land exclusively for the building of township properties. Other factors also add to the popularity of these townships – the Expressway, of course, is a vital one. The Expressway is the umbilical cord between Pune other major cities, beginning with Mumbai. In many ways, the Expressway is the lifeblood of Pune’s commercial progress. In addition, the nearby Mumbai-Bangalore Highway brings in further commercial growth and intercity connectivity.

With the kind of investment value that localities along these two major highways get, their popularity comes as no surprise. However, the Expressway has also brought about the existence of the Hinjewadi Infotech Park. The professionals that work there need homes close to their offices, and also privacy and peace in their time away from work. This has been another driving factor behind the township properties mania in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area. Obviously, another contributing factor is the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt.

In the not-so-distant past, township properties were a residential genre reserved exclusively for the ultra rich. This has changed drastically with their rising popularity. The fact is, owning a township property in Pimpri Chinchwad has now become a feasible option for Mr. Everyman.

Anil-PharandeAnil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

 

 

PCMC gets defence land for widening Aundh Road

(Times of India, Sept. 10, 2011)

pune PropertyPUNE: The work of widening the Aundh-Ravet Road near Aundh commenced on Friday after a gap of nearly a year. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has begun the work as it has received written permission from the defence authorities. The road-widening work had been stalled as the defence authorities had earlier objected to the work.

Municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma said the defence authorities on Thursday granted the permission to the PCMC. He said the PCMC had earlier paid Rs 18 crore to the defence authorities for the land.

The widening work will be from the Aundh Chest Hospital up to Y junction. The work will reduce traffic congestion on the narrow road near the hospital, he added. The widening work on the 14.4-km Aundh-Ravet Road is being done for developing a BRT corridor. For early completion of the work, the road has been divided into seven sections for which contracts have been given. The work on widening the four-km stretch from Rajiv Gandhi bridge in Aundh to Sai chowk in New Sangvi could not be completed due to the delay in getting the defence land.

The narrow stretch of the road is a bottleneck and witnesses daily traffic snarls during the peak morning and evening hours and causes inconvenience to hundreds of motorists.

Dilip Kudale, coordinator, engineering department, PCMC, said, the road is being widened from 15 to 45 metres. The PCMC will complete the work in the next six months.

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