Gudi Padwa: The Festival of Renewal and Property Investment

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

India is a country of myriad traditions and festivals that are not only times of celebration but in many cases also major investment decisions. As a result, many market segments are also aligned to these periods. The Gudi Padwa festive season is among the periods of intense real estate market activity, because this period is traditionally seen as one of renewal and forward planning.

Gudi Padwa is a celebration of the coming of spring, during which nature once again delivers its gift of abundance after the largely barren winter months. In fact, this period is celebrated by almost every culture in the world in some form or the other. But probably nowhere with as much joy and fervour as in India, which is a country with very strong agrarian roots. It is no accident that Gudi Padwa coincides with many festivals all over India, from Baisakhi in Punjab, Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Yugadi in Andhra Pradesh and Vishu in Kerala.

The cross-linkage of Gudi Padwa with real estate purchase is by no means a latter-day phenomenon – this trend has been in evidence since historical times. India is a country where certain times of the year as seen as very auspicious for any activity related to investment and wealth creation. A self-owned home is the biggest and most important investment for most Indian families, and the Gudi Padwa festive period invariably sees significantly increased property purchase activity.

This year, Gudi Padwa coincides with many other favourable market dynamics. Very much in keeping with the spirit of spring which Gudi Padwa celebrates, India has emerged from a prolonged period of political uncertainty and economic doldrums. A strong and resolute government has taken charge, and the Indian economy is visibly reviving. Across the country, Indians have put job insecurity and indecisiveness about their future goals behind them. However, the property market has not yet picked up concurrent pace, resulting in a very favourable scenario for home seekers this Gudi Padwa.

Depending on how the property market is behaving, developers roll out various offers and incentives to encourage buyers during the Gudi Padwa season. This year, such offers are going to be plentiful, but a more important dynamic we will see is that many developers who had refrained from lowering their rates may do so selectively this year under the guise of festival discounts. Without a doubt, the tradition-fuelled upswing in buyer sentiments must be harnessed during Gudi Padwa.

More than ever, home seekers intent on making their purchase this Gudi Padwa need to be guided by the right fundamentals. It is important to understand that when it comes to freebies and offers, the real estate market is no different from any other kind of market – an attractive offer only makes sense if it is attached to the right product. Considering the magnitude of investment one makes into a home – and also the purpose of this investment – it is very important to ensure that one is buying what one really wants and needs.

One of the best ways to maintain a clear focus while buying a home in a festive season is to make a list of the merits and demerits of every option one has short-listed first. Given the specific nature of home purchase, sufficient weightage must be given to location, the reputation of the developer, the facilities and amenities available, and of course overall value for money. If all these check out positively and are backed by an attractive offer or discount, one is on the way to making a good choice.

About The Author:

Anil Pharande is 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 and an ISO 9001-2000 certified company, is a pioneer in the PCMC area offering a diverse range of real estate products catering especially to the 42 sectors of Pradhikaran.

The Value Proposition Of Large Vs. Small Flats In Pune

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande

Over the last couple of years, I have been observing with concern the decreasing size of flats on the Pune real estate market. Of course, it is the demand for smaller flats that is driving this kind of supply.

With housing prices in the Pune Municipal Corporation rising relentlessly, the ‘biggest’ opportunity that developers perceive is in smaller flats that get sold in the shortest possible time. This kind of supply is aimed at first-time home buyers who either have limited budgets or low financial confidence.

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Smaller Flats – Pricing Trap

Though these are supposed to be ‘affordable homes’, the pricing of these units is actually on the higher side. They sell because the prices are still lower than those of larger flats, but the buyers are actually paying an excessive unit cost.

The reason for this disparity is that the ‘pigeon holes’ housing model itself has some inherent flaws built into it. To begin with, the share of common area that needs to allocated in a project that consists of only of small-sized homes means that the project loses in terms of overall efficiency and sale-able area. This results in lower revenue potential, so developers bump up their prices to compensate.

Secondly, the cost of construction depends on the quantity of raw materials being used. When a developer is building a project which comprises exclusively of small units, his development costs actually go up because every unit needs to be provided with separate fittings, appliances and finishes.

As a result, he will increase his prices to make up for the loss in profitability.

Home buyers should be aware that the converse is equally true. In a project with larger units, developers save on costs because of more efficient common space utilization and lower consumption of fittings, appliances and finishes for individual units.

Better Common Amenities

This is why a 1 BHK is often only 30-35% less expensive than a 2 BHK. The bottom line is that by opting for larger flats, property buyers are getting more value for their money.

Also, projects comprising of larger flats tend to have better common amenities, which the developer can maximize the overall livability and therefore attractiveness of the project rather than needing to focus on making as many units as possible within the available space.

The obvious question that follows is – where can middle class home buyers from Pune find larger flats that fall within their budgets? The answer is – in the developing (rather than expensive over-developed) parts of the city.

For example, West Pune is a corridor where hundreds of property buyers are still able to find true value for their money.

Property rates in many of the the areas of PCMC are lower than the inner localitions of the Pune Municipal Corporation, which means that buyers can get the benefits of larger flats with better amenities there.

With the vastly improved road connectivity, the newer areas of West Pune close to Hinjewadi and the MIDC are now becoming the destinations most favoured by home buyers working in these employment catchments.

About The Author:

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. Puneville in West Pune’s Punawale is the latest integrated township project by Pharande Spaces

 

Pharande Spaces Launches Puneville, Pune’s First Futuristic Luxury Township

On the occasion of Independence Day, PCMC’s pre-eminent residential township developers Pharande Spaces launched the luxury township Puneville at Punavale today. Puneville has been designed by Aedas, the globally acclaimed, award-winning architects of ultra-luxury hotels in Las Vegas and Macau, Shanghai’s dazzling Financial Centre and Singapore’s world-renowned Marina Bay Sands.

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In all respects, Puneville is a creation of pure marvel of luxurious extravagance, offering its residents an ultra-modern lifestyle in the midst of dazzling, futuristic architectural grandeur. Puneville was conceived and created to be Pune’s ultimate showpiece of residential luxury.

A celebration of cutting-edge architecture, the project is uniquely futuristic in all aspects. From the breath-taking 22 foot-high walkway that connects all of this township’s residential towers to the central common amenities to the clean, sweeping chrome and glass façades of the main promenade and the towers themselves, Puneville leaves no stone unturned in living up to the highest standards of Futuristic Living.

A cohesive masterpiece of everything that spells ultra-modern urban living, this is in fact Pune’s first and only contemporary residential township featuring the innovative style of project design known as Futuristic Architecture.

First seen in Italy in the early parts of the 20th Century, Futuristic Architecture’s primary characteristics are a strong accent on sweeping, dynamic lines, generous use of steel and chrome and overall style suggesting speed, flow, motion and rhythm. In Puneville, Pharande Spaces has given the city a township that embodies a glamorous Space Age lifestyle.

Puneville is not just ‘future ready’ – it IS the future,” states Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces at the launch of this avant-garde luxury township for Pune’s elite home buyers. “We have partnered with Aedas to give Pune more than just another luxury project – we have given the city a masterpiece of modern residential lifestyle. The distinctly futuristic design and specifications are not just a fashion statement for today, but a standard of living that speaks of what is to come over the coming decades.”

A fully integrated and self-sufficient luxury township, Puneville features a state-of-the-art hospital, first-class international school and high-end commercial office complexes for corporate occupiers. Also included in the dazzling array of luxury offerings are an Olympic-size lagoon shape swimming pool, a clubhouse with the latest features and equipment, a fine dining restaurant, spectacularly landscaped gardens, a tennis court, verdant lawns, a jogger’s track, a fully-facilitated play area for children and serene, spacious water bodies.

As the ultimate statement in modern living, the master design of this amazing luxury township is also Pune’s definitive destination for the Green Life. Conceived to comply with international specifications of sustainable real estate, Puneville is not only 100% environmental sustainable but also in complete environmental harmony with its surroundings. The township has been given a 4-Star pre-certification from GRIHA – one of the leading sustainability rating agencies in the country.

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Pharande Spaces Announces Third Phase Of Luxury Township L-axis, PCMC

Pharande Spaces, the leading real estate development company in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, today announced the launch of three new towers at its highly successful luxury township L-axis. The announcement was made at a glittering ceremony that was attended by world-renowned architect and town planning expert Prof. Christopher Benninger, architect Mrs. Usha Rangarajan and Ravi Varma, Vice Chairman of the National Association of Realtors.

L-axis, one of the most successful township projects in the PCMC, has made a resounding market statement as the address of choice for HNIs from the PCMC, Pune and beyond. The location of this township has been one of the main catalysts for its success.

In a relatively short period after its inception, Spine Road in the Pradhikaran region of Pune’s thriving twin city PCMC has become one of the most talked-about investment locations. The 22-kilometer long and 45 meter-wide Spine Road connects to all sectors in the PCMC and the areas along it have become key development hotspots in the region.

Demand for homes in this area began peaking when the PCMC began further widening of this key transit infrastructure project. The Pradhikaran region, also known as Sector 42, encompasses a total area of 15000 acres and is a text-book case of planned development by the Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority PCNTDA.

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Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

“Road infrastructure is always the precursor of all successful real estate undertakings,” says Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces. “New real estate locations need to be properly connected to other parts of the city to make them attractive to developers and home buyers. For this reason, Spine Road in Pradhikaran has become a game-changer. Apart from its location, L-axis enjoys the benefits of the most luxurious project design, specifications and amenities as well as unmatched connectivity.”

Because of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s forward-looking approach to infrastructure, the PCMC has always been the forerunner of highly planned infrastructure-driven real estate development in the Pune region. The impeccable town planning employed in the PCMC has ensured that there is a full-fledged district centre for commercial development and activity. This approach has provided a uniform spread of well-paid employment opportunities over the entire region.

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L-axis is located in Sector 6, directly opposite the Bhosari District Centre with its high-profile corporate and government office complexes as well as a 5-star hotel and the recently launched ‘City One’ – PCMC’s first full-fledged shopping mall. The prestigious International Convention Centre is under construction in the immediate vicinity.

Mr. Pharande says, “Over the years, the ‘infrastructure first’ approach has been especially evident in PCMC’s Pradhikaran sector, where the Spine Road has now become one of the most exciting locations for home buyers and real estate investors. L-axis has indeed benefited from the perfect location.”

Pharande Spaces has already distinguished itself delivering high quality township projects such as Woodsville in Moshi, Celestial City at Ravet and more recently Puneville at Punavale in this prosperous and progressive region.

Launched in 2012, L-axis was conceived in response to the huge demand for luxury apartments in pune emanating from top management home buyers of the region’s many manufacturing giants, the Chakan industrial area and international automobile companies like Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz and Mahindra & Mahindra and General Motors.

Pharande Spaces launched the two new towers at L-axis in the presence of a 300+ gathering of channel partners and prominent real estate personalities. In the course of the evening, the company made a strong case for the unprecedented market proposition of this unique luxury township. The event was followed by a celebrity performance.

Pradhikaran, PCMC: Unmatched Real Estate Success Story

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation first came into the limelight as an industrial area. However, it also has an advantage that central Pune does not – planned development. The growth of the real estate sector in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is closely regulated by the PCNTDA, which works together with the PCMC to ensure planned and realistic growth.

Central Pune continues to suffer from pollution, depleting greenery, traffic jams, water and power scarcity, lack of proper infrastructure and unrealistic residential property rates. Meanwhile, Pradhikaran (the location that defines the PCNTDA) has been benefiting from sensible real estate development.

If one studies the demographic development of Pune real estate growth, it is evident that Pradhikaran is precisely where the city’s growth is headed in the North/North-Western direction. This is extremely significant in terms of long-term residential property investment.

The Importance Of Pradhikaran

In years gone by, the PCNTDA began to acquire land in the PCMC area so that planned development could take place in the future. This planning included the allocation of specific areas for industrial activity, residential property development, public parks, unobstructed spaces, shopping centres, office buildings, roads and utilities.

Water supply to all sectors was ensured by the construction of several mammoth water tanks, each with capacities of several million litres, before development was permitted in each sector. Once this was done, the PCNTDA made the developed land parcels available to property developers.

The PCMC master plan also provides for generous road widths, the likes of which are impossible elsewhere in Pune. This goes a long way in preserving one of Pradhikaran’s natural splendour and hygiene.

Because of these factors, and also because of the growth in the PCMC industrial belt, the last two years have witnessed a huge increase in demand for residential property in the Pradhikaran area.

The fact that a number of large international companies are operating in nearby Chakan has, in fact, been a primary criterion for the area’s development profile. These companies regularly deliver thousands of jobs at all levels, which has had a telling effect on Pradhikaran’s general economic status. Specifically, there has been a huge surge in demand for residential property there.

Pradhikaran’s expansion, which has been inspired by the Chandigarh model of controlled development, began with a few hundred acres. Today, the area speaks for more than 7000 acres. Pradhikaran is continually seeing infrastructural enhancements on all fronts – including roads, water and electricity supply and digital connectivity.

Pradhikaran now boasts of massive integrated township projects that offer all the hallmarks of ambient, sustainable living. Apart from the high lifestyle quotient, the investment potential of these townships benefits from a magic mix of real estate market drivers. The presence of Tata Motors, Talawade, Hinjewadi, Chakan and the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt add to the value of these townships, while the Mumbai-Pune highway and Expressway make it advantageously accessible to the financial capital of Mumbai.

No wonder that Pradhikaran is now being seen as both, the best option for first home buyers, and as the new residential property investment hotspot in Pune’s real estate market.

The International Convention Centre At Moshi

To further boost Pradhikaran’s real estate profiling, the deployment of the new Pune International Exhibition & Convention Centre at Moshi has been put on the fast track. This world class piece of infrastructure is going to open the floodgates to a new wave of demand for real estate in the northern parts of the Pimpri- Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. This is one of the best examples of how planned growth and foresight can ensure that an entire city’s real estate fortunes reach for the stars.

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There were a couple of decisive factors involved in choosing this location as the venue for the international convention centre. First and foremost, PCMC boasts of a prolific manufacturing sector where a number of global industry giants have their plants. The arrival of this Convention Centre will be a major boost to these industries, who will be able to host and attend massive international business events.

This benefit also applies to the IT occupiers of the Software Parks at Hinjewadi and Talawade, which are also in the vicinity. Secondly, only the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation could offer the 240 acres over which this Rs. 600 crore project will be developed.

With the arrival of this project, the PCMC will become the primary focus for an increasing number of global-scale business events in Pune and Mumbai, as well. After all, this will be the largest such Convention Center in India. It will incorporate seven convention halls of 10,000 square meters each, a 600-room 3 star hotel, two 5 star hotels, an eco-friendly 9-hole golf course and parking space for 3500 vehicles.

At a rough estimate, a minimum of 30 major exhibitions and conventions will be held there annually. No other event venue in and around Maharashtra or anywhere else in India will be able to match its state-of-the-art facilities and sheer opulence, grandeur and overall enablement.

The Pune International Exhibition and Convention Centre (PIECC) at Moshi will number among Asia’s biggest industrial convention centres. This convention centre is going to be a game-changer not only for the industrial belt in PCMC but for Pune in general.

Once this convention centre is complete, PCMC will become the natural hub for automobile conventions. This centre will have the capability of hosting conventions on an international scale, with a total of seven massive exhibition halls and a central open exhibition ground. It will have a staggering seating capacity of 20,000. In order to provide a complete global experience to the delegates, the convention centre will also have a five-star hotel, a golf course and a retail mall adjoining it.

A significant part of the land adjacent to the Pune International Exhibition and Convention Centre will be offered to private developers to build commercial and residential projects in Moshi. It can well be imagined what an effect such an advantageous location will have on the residential property prices in Moshi, PCMC. Obviously, the convention centre will generate massive white-collar employment, and the demand for quality housing around it will rise astronomically.

This makes the areas around the Pune International Exhibition and Convention Centre one of the most important property investment hot-spots ever to have surfaced in Maharashtra. In the years to come, the investment value of a home in strategically located township projects in its vicinity will rise astronomically.

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Township projects such as Pharande Spaces’ Woodsville, which is located exactly opposite to the convention centre site, obviously have an early-mover advantage.

L-axis – The Luxury Housing Township Of The Future

Another integrated township by Pharande Spaces called L-axis – an ahead-of-its time luxury homes offering – is also located in Pradhikaran and has the added benefit on being on the Spine Road, which has become one of the most talked about infrastructure embellishments in PCMC. 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.

L-axis

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 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 is the luxury apartments in pune, this project 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.

In these two projects, homebuyers from Pune and PCMC finally have the perfect combination of an elite lifestyle in an internationally renowned neighbourhood and tremendous appreciation potential.

Planned Real Estate Development in PCMC

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

What is it about Pimpri Chinchwad and its township properties that is so different from what is happening in the rest of the Pune property market? To understand this, one has to first understand what goes into the formation of a planned city.

The immaculately planned residential areas that now define the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation map are not an accident. They are the result of carefully planned social, economic and real estate growth. Unlike the central areas of Pune, the real estate market in PCMC has been scrupulously shielded from the PMC’s ad hoc development style.

The vigilance and futuristic thinking that went into this avant-garde satellite city have added a completely new dimension to the concept of residential properties in Pune. From the very outset, the PCMC planning authorities were determined to avoid the mistakes committed in nearby Navi Mumbai, popularly known as the world’s largest planned township.

After all, what began as regulated development in Navi Mumbai soon began giving way to commercialised expansion. Instead, PCMC adopted a blueprint for smart growth – a blueprint that placed utmost importance to organized urban planning. No scope was given to a nearsighted focus on capitalization on this new area’s development potential – the onus was firmly kept on long-term considerations.

This was to be the city of the future – a place where residents could work, live and relax without any of the constraints that plague the rest of Pune. Slowly, almost imperceptibly, the landscape of this previously ignored satellite city changed. Proposals for faster development were turned down. The master plan stayed in place, and the results are now brilliantly evident.

Today, 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.

This incredible growth area is now the most logical option for residential property in Pune today. For home buyers, PCMC is the perfect alternative to Pune’s unregulated urban sprawl, rapidly compounding traffic congestion and disconnected neighbourhoods. Considering the increasing evidence if rapid urban decay in central Pune, township properties such as those now coming up in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation are the truly the New Residential Deal.

However, PCMC is not only about wider, greener spaces, cheaper property rates, improved social fabric and better infrastructure. The establishment of such new growth areas, with modern residential alternatives such as integrated townships, is a blessing to the Pune real estate market (which has been stagnating within increasingly larger pockets). At first sight, they only seem to play a role in reducing the urban sprawl and offering home buyers a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle.

These township projects are also instrumental in creating new urban centres, wherein new business districts create job growth in new directions. Thanks to the organized nature of their development, they create new and more rational scope for real estate market expansion while reducing pressure on property prices in the parent city.

About The Author
Anil Pharande is Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm operating in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

Pradhikaran: Pune Real Estate’s Hottest Growth Corridor

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Sector 14 in Pradhikaran now boasts of massive integrated township properties like Woodsville

Anil Pharande

The Pune residential real estate boom, initially kick-started by the IT/ITeS industry, has brought about a lot of unregulated development. While property prices in Pune rose unrealistically, the city’s traditional ease of living and pleasant climate, which were previously its USPs, suffered.

Hills and trees have been razed to accommodate the rapidly expanding concrete jungle that all but defines central Pune today. The town planning commission found itself impotent in the face of the development mania, which soon transcended all reasonable, sustainable boundaries.

Real Estate Issues In Pune

In Pune, infrastructure challenges have been increasing because of the ever-increasing population. This has also put escalating pressure on available land, resulting in the forced extension of the city limits.

The pattern of development has been decidedly mercenary and unplanned, with the only criteria being accessibility to existing and upcoming IT hubs. While the rise of Hinjewadi created increasing demand for homes in its immediate vicinity, places like Aundh soon witnessed a slew of projects by property developers. Similarly, property prices in Baner and Wakad rose so steeply that they finally corrected.

Focus On Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)

As things stand now, central Pune no longer has an iota of its previous quality and ambience in residential property offerings. It is therefore not surprising that homebuyers are beginning to focus on the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. This area has, in fact, emerged as the last outpost Pune’s previous residential property comfort levels.

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation first came into the limelight as an industrial area. However, it also has an advantage that central Pune does not – planned development. The growth of the real estate sector in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is closely regulated by the PCNTDA, which works together with the PCMC to ensure planned and realistic growth.

Central Pune continues to suffer from pollution, depleting greenery, traffic jams, water and power scarcity, lack of proper infrastructure and unrealistic residential property rates. Meanwhile, Pradhikaran (the location that defines the PCNTDA) has been benefiting from sensible real estate development.

If one studies the demographic development of Pune real estate growth, it is evident that Pradhikaran is precisely where the city’s growth is headed in the North/North-Western direction. This is extremely significant in terms of long-term residential property investment.

The Rise Of Pradhikaran

In years gone by, the PCNTDA began to acquire land in the PCMC area so that planned development could take place in the future. This planning included the allocation of specific areas for industrial activity, residential property development, public parks, unobstructed spaces, shopping centres, office buildings, roads and utilities.

Water supply to all sectors was ensured by the construction of several mammoth water tanks, each with capacities of several million litres, before development was permitted in each sector. Once this was done, the PCNTDA made the developed land parcels available to property developers.

The PCMC master plan also provides for generous road widths, the likes of which are impossible elsewhere in Pune. This goes a long way in preserving one of Pradhikaran’s natural splendour and hygiene.

Because of these factors, and also because of the growth in the PCMC industrial belt, the last two years have witnessed a huge increase in demand for residential property in the Pradhikaran area.

The fact that a number of large international companies are operating in nearby Chakan has, in fact, been a primary criterion for the area’s development profile. These companies regularly deliver thousands of jobs at all levels, which has had a telling effect on Pradhikaran’s general economic status. Specifically, there has been a huge surge in demand for residential property there.

Pradhikaran’s expansion, which has been inspired by the Chandigarh model of controlled development, began with a few hundred acres. Today, the area speaks for about 7000 acres. Pradhikaran is continually seeing infrastructural enhancements on all fronts – including roads, water and electricity supply and digital connectivity.

Pradhikaran now boasts of massive integrated township projects that offer all the hallmarks of ambient, sustainable living. Apart from the high lifestyle quotient, the investment potential of these townships benefits from a magic mix of real estate market drivers.

The presence of Tata Motors, Talawade, Hinjewadi, Chakan and the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt add to the value of these townships, while the Mumbai-Pune highway and Expressway make it advantageously accessible to the financial capital of Mumbai.

No wonder that Pradhikaran is now being seen as both, the best option for first home buyers, and as the new residential property investment hotspot in Pune’s real estate market.

About The Author

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

PCMC Growth Story: To Absorb 20 More Villages

Anil-Pharande

 

 

Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is all set to merge 20 more villages into its city limits, thereby giving these rural areas the benefit of its globally acclaimed infrastructure-based model of planned urbanization. The list of villages to be included is as follows:

  1. Dehu
  2. Vitthalnagar
  3. Mhalunge
  4. Nighoje
  5. Moyi
  6. Kuruli
  7. Nanekarwadi
  8. Kharabwadi
  9. Chakan
  10. Kadachiwadi
  11. Chimbali
  12. Kelgaon
  13. Alandi
  14. Khalumbe
  15. Gahunje
  16. Hinjewadi
  17. Manh
  18. Marunji
  19. Nere, and
  20. Jambhe

Of these, Chakan is the most important area from the perspective of industrial growth. Hinjewadi is among the most gripping chapter in the annals of India’s Information Technology sector, while Alandi and Dehu are major pilgrimage destinations. We are once again witnessing the process of urbanization that has made the PCMC a global showcase model of holistic development.

The geographical expansion of city limits has historically been proven as the only viable means of rational urbanization. Without the benefit of expanding city borders, a city tends to densify and eventually stagnate. A city’s ability to grow geographically directly affects its economic diversity and health.

In fact, the Indian real estate story shows us that the only cities that retain and increase their economic viability are the ones that have the ability to expand. By the same coin, cities which do not or cannot grow eventually stagnate in terms of infrastructure, property market potential and their overall ‘liveability’ quotient.

Why Indian Cities Over-Densify And Decay

Some of the most serious problems that stagnated cities face are over-crowding, pollution, unrealistic rises in property prices, gradual reduction in employment opportunities and generalized urban decay. In India, this phenomenon is not always the result of lack of peripheral rural areas to urbanize.

Relative to its available land resources, India has remarkably few modern cities – and these cities offer the maximum number of employment. As a natural consequence, people from the rural areas steadily migrate to urban areas to earn a better livelihood.

While many Indian cities do have the ability to expand their borders, lack of forward-looking city planning leads to rapid densification within the urbanized areas. At the same time, the peripheral areas that could relieve the strain on these urbanized pockets suffer from complete neglect, leading to a huge disparity in economic profiles. When these cities finally expand their borders, they do so as a means of 11th hour damage control – and with a remarkable lack of vision.

As a result, we see areas that nobody had ever heard of suddenly being profiled as ‘upcoming locations’. Developers rush to these areas, attracted by the lower land prices, and lose no time in putting up ‘affordable housing’ projects before any kind of supporting infrastructure has been put in place. This phenomenon has been seen in various parts of the country, including in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi NCR.

Planned Urbanization – The Inclusive Approach

Over the years, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has been attracting more and more people from the nearby areas. The PCMC model of urban development is based on planned social and civic infrastructure and the scientific allocation of residential, commercial and industrial areas. This fabric needs to maintained by geographic expansion, and this is precisely the process we are now witnessing.

Including more villages into the municipal limits brings prosperity, real estate development and infrastructure to these areas. The PCMC has consistently employed the method of expanding the spread of its real estate map as the most viable means to prevent core congestion.

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.

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PCMC’s First Full-Fledged Mall Set To Open

Stategic Location & World-Class Retailer Mix A Definite Success Formula

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Pune’s thriving sister city, is all set to throw the doors of its first full-fledged mall open to the public. City One Mall is an undertaking by PCMC’s leading development group Pharande Spaces in partnership with Rama Group, and is being leased by out Jones Lang LaSalle India.

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Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces says, “The one missing link on the well-meshed PCMC’ real estate market has been organized retail. With City One Mall, we are finally bridging the gap. The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation now has a distinct cosmopolitan profile and aspirations are at an all-time high. Strategically located close to the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation Building, City One has four levels of retail spaces and will provide an international shopping experience, an exclusive Entertainment City, alfresco cafes and global dining options to PCMC’s residents.”

PCMC has always been a promising catchment for retail developments. The region’s versatile population profile has already spelled success for major local category players like Jai-Hind, Ranka Jewellers, Silver Leaf, Krishna Rajaram Ashtekar, Vama, Hastakala Sarees, PNG, Bafna Jewellers and Chandukaka Saraf. Nevertheless, PCMC has not had the benefit of a full-fledged mall development to cater to its highly aspirational and rapidly growing shopper catchment.

This region has seen a quantum leap in retail viability, driven by the high purchasing power of employees from its automobile and other manufacturing industries as well as massive trading community. The potential for organized retail in Pimpri-Chinchwad was waiting to be tapped. The demand for space at City One has been nothing short of spectacular.

PCMC’s industrial development is the most important ingredient of its success story. The proximity of massive manufacturing clusters within its precincts has fueled job availability across literally all socio-economic strata. The region’s unmatched employment generation has, in turn, driven demand for residential properties from affordable housing to luxury homes.

Even as more and more commercial and industrial establishments arrive to set up shop there, residential developers in the PCMC have their hands full delivering projects across the various price bands.

So far, organized retail has had a very limited presence in the PCMC belt. The opportunity for retailers to capture the full potential of this market is much greater as compared to many other locations. The massive residential development happening in and around PCMC is creating considerable inherent retail demand.

National hypermarket chains such as Big Bazaar, Star Bazaar and D Mart and organised retail chains like E Zone, Croma, Vijay Sales, McDonald, Just In Time, World of Titan, Tanishq and FabIndia already exist in stand-alone stores. Now, City One Mall at is all set to offer all the major brands under a single roof.

City One Mall’s total development size is 3,33,000 square feet of built-up area, consisting of two buildings, both equipped with four levels of retail spaces and two levels of parking space. In the first building, which has a total area of 1,12,000 square feet, Central has already snapped up 81,000 square feet across the ground, first and second floors and is gearing up for a grand launch of Pimpri Central by the end of 2013.

The remaining 21,000 square feet have been leased to Men’s Avenue – a leading Pune-based apparel retailer which has also taken up space for their ‘Kajree’ saree section on the second floor. Both these stores were inaugurated on 11th October, 2013 by Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Ajit Pawar.

 

Pune Real Estate – For The Lack Of A Road…

There are often comparisons made between the infrastructure of Mumbai and Pune. The popular consensus seems to be that both cities are equally challenged as far as supportive infrastructure is concerned. This is inappropriate for two reasons – one, Mumbai’s growth pattern has been very different from Pune’s.

The city has evolved into the country’s financial capital, and the pressures on it are enormous and overwhelming, considering the fact that a significant part of it is an island that cannot grow horizontally to accommodate the growing real estate demands.

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Pune, on the other hand, has an advantage by virtue of the fact that it has been able to add to its borders by means of surrounding villages. This has served to decreased pressure on the central city and encouraged an outward growth pattern.

The challenges on Pune’s infrastructure – particularly its road network – have more to do with the speed of this growth. While there are various proposals for roads and road widening, these have to be translated into real time to be effective.

The pockets of infrastructural under-development are the result of both developers and the Government concentrating on existing growth areas and sidelining those with high future potential. It is a known fact that no area can grow in terms of residential, commercial and retail real estate unless the necessary infrastructure is first put in place.

This is quite a common phenomenon that is the result of the principle of fastest returns almost instinctually followed by both developers and the Government. Bangalore, for instance, was initially not well planned for radial expansion. The approach in this city was simple – where Information Technology projects went, residential projects followed. IT and ITeS, as business lines, are not dependent on a city’s CBD areas and can workably exist in areas where property prices are low.

Once such a project is established, residential, commercial and retail establishments follow. Since this kind of growth in no way follows a master plan, the result is haphazard pockets of growth. This naturally leads to the neglect of areas that have not been so favoured. The syndrome is also evident in the case of other industries such as manufacturing.

To identity another factor that has compromised Pune’s holistic growth in terms of real estate viability – the first masterplan for the city designated a much more progressive ‘roadmap’ for the city’s road network, while the second one is decidedly sotto voce on these. Also, key roads leading to new growth areas are not being put in place with the speed necessary to ensure that these new areas have the requisite connectivity.

In comparison, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has been proactive in terms of a proper road network. This explains why there have been such spurts in growth and corresponding real estate values in this region. Considering how much the authorities have already achieved, it is distressing that certain pockets in the region still show signs of infrastructure deficit.

A continuing area of concern in this regard is the 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.

The potential of this key area apparently lacks recognition of its inherent future value. A closer look at its promise for the PCMC real estate market would very likely cause a more fast-paced development of its road network.

There are earlier precedents in Pune, wherein languishing areas were given fast-paced infrastructure upgrades because of an upcoming market catalyst. When the recent Youth Commonwealth Games loomed closer, the enhancement of Baner Road and Pashan Road were put on the fast track.

In the same manner, it is not unreasonable to anticipate that the planning authorities will take cognizance of the fact that PCMC’s Phase 2 is extremely important, and that it must at all costs be enabled with the requisite road connectivity.

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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.