Finolex Industries Selling Pune Land To Raise 4 Billion Rupees

Finolex Industries Ltd., India’s biggest maker of pipes made of polyvinyl chloride, surged to its highest in almost three years after the company said it expects to raise about 4 billion rupees ($86 million) selling land.
The company revived its plan to sell 78 acres (31 hectares) of industrial land after an increase in real estate prices, said P. Subramaniam, chief financial officer, said in an interview. Finolex had in 2008 proposed selling the property, he said.
The land sale will help Finolex improve its cash flow, said Tejas Doshi, vice president of equity research at Sushil Financial Services Pvt. The company, which reported a 67 percent drop in profit in the three months through June, also plans to spend 800 million rupees to build a new factory, Subramaniam said by phone today.
The land sale will help “improve the balance sheet,” Mumbai-based Doshi said. “It will also help their expansion plans.”
Finolex will raise 500 million rupees by selling non- convertible bonds to build the plant and will fund the balance from its profit, Subramaniam said. The company hasn’t “finalized” the land sale yet, he said.
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Pune Property Tax Rates May Rise With New System

Based on the directions of the state government, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to introduce the capital value system (CVS) for computing the Annual Rateable Value of a property, for fixing the property taxes in the city. The civic administration has tabled a proposal before the standing committee regarding the move.
The move has been designed to bring uniformity in the taxation system in all the municipal corporations across the state. As a result, if the proposal is cleared, the property tax charges might go up.
At present, the ARV is fixed on the standard rents fixed by the Rent Control Act. Under the ARV system, the probable gross rent of a property is taken into account. For domestic buildings, 20 percent of the amount is calculated. For commercial buildings 25 percent of the amount is calculated.
Under the new CVS, the calculation of tax is based on the value of the land as well as that of the building. It takes into account the capital value of the building, which is in turn based on the cost of the land as well as the cost of the building, net of depreciation.
The proposal says: “In different municipal corporations in the state, there are different methods of fixing the ARV of a particular property. But, in order to bring uniformity, transparency and introduce simplicity, the new method of CVS is being considered.” The ARV fixed under the capital value system, will be updated every five years.
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Free Parking Space Norm In Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is the first civic body in the state to come up with a decision under which buyers of residential apartments get free parking space.
On June 11, 2009, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) declared that no building permission plans will be sanctioned if the builders refuse to provide free parking space to apartment buyers across the twin industrial township.
This was after a series of reports in Pune Newsline, highlighting the Bombay High Court which had ruled that builders cannot sell parking space and that it should be made available to the flat buyers free of cost.

Pune Property Tax: PMC Says One-Time Tax Not Feasible

PUNE: Shooting down the Congress party’s proposal to amend the property tax rules to introduce a one-time (optional) tax payment scheme, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has stated that the proposal is unfeasible and will result in decline of the civic income from property tax collection.
“If at all the one-time tax plan is executed, the PMC cannot make it compulsory. Also, the civic body will face financial losses as if property owners pay tax for one-time as the PMC will not be able re-assess the property. Small properties could pay one-time tax, but big properties like malls, IT properties, banks, hospitals, hotels, etc will not show interest in the scheme considering the amount they will have to pay,” said municipal commissioner in his comments submitted to all party leader’s meeting.
The administration has stated that the proposal is not feasible as it will deprive the PMC from re-assessing the property and considering the rising property rates in the city, it will result in the financial loss to the civic body.
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PMC To Impose Penalty On Property Tax Defaulters

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will execute the state government’s notification to impose a 2 per cent penalty on property tax defaulters.
For the year 2010-11 property tax for the first six months has to be paid before September 30, 2010 and those who fail to pay it will have to pay a 2 per cent penalty on the tax amount every month till the tax is paid. The second instalment of the property tax has to be paid before December 31, 2010.
The PMC’s tax collection and assessment department has proposed that digital pictures of all properties be taken for the department’s records and an aluminium plate be fixed on each property, identifying its survey number and other details.
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Celestial City: Ravet’s Pride Is Right On Schedule

Celestial City, the unique 25-acre integrated township by Pharande Spaces and Rama Group, is now in the second phase of construction. As planned, this premium apartments complex at Ravet, PCMC is transforming the real estate topography of an area known as the Gateway to Pune.
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Celestial City has been conceived as a completely self-sufficient residential microcosm that will offer its residents absolutely everything by way of a comfortable lifestyle.  That blueprint is now rapidly being transformed into reality as construction enters the next phase.
The location of Celestial City couldn’t be better – it was planned as both the ultimate residential destination and a sure-fire investment hotspot. Ravet is located at the confluence of the old NH4, the Dehu Road- Katraj bypass and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
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Its ready accessibility, as well as proximity to vital establishments, has earned it the distinction of being one of the most prominent growth corridors on the Pune real estate market.
Because of its unique location, invigoratingly green spaces and affordable residential property options, Celestial City is now attracting a huge demand from executives working in Hinjewadi, Pimpri-Chinchwad, the Talegaon MIDC and Chakan MIDC.
With Phase II of Celestial City now in active progress, the project is well on the way to completing the planned roster of 2000+ units at this avant-garde budget homes project.
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Celestial City is backed by the experience and impeccable track record of two leading development concerns. Pharande Spaces, the residential property trendsetters in Pimpri-Chinchwad, already have several landmark projects to their credit – including the award winning Culture Crest.
To date, Pharande Spaces have completed residential projects in excess of 1.5 million square feet. Likewise, Rama Group’s professionalism and expertise have led to the completion of 23 projects that cumulatively account for 5 million square feet of construction.
The fact that Celestial City is fully underwritten by the country’s leading financial institutions ensured a smooth, seamless construction flow even during the worst of the recent recession. With Phase II on schedule, Ravet’s crowing glory has taken a decisive step towards final completion.
When two real estate giants join hands to create the City of the Future, the outcome can be nothing less than magical….

celestial-city-archA masterpiece in the making

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K. D. Nagarkar is a blogger and freelance journalist who specializes in real estate and environmental issues. He keenly follows the development of integrated township properties and other sustainable projects in and around Maharashtra.
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Pune Mayor: Go Green, Get Tax Rebate

Mayor Mohansingh Rajpal has said that builders should play a more pro-active role in developing facilities for recycling of water, rainwater harvesting, sewage treatment as this will help reduce the load on Pune Municipal Corporation.
“In return, the PMC offers a 10% reduction in property tax that will make a project more attractive to buyers,” he said, while inaugurating the property exhibition series of CREDAI, Pune, VITS Hotel, Balewadi.
The mayor said, “The young generation of builders is doing a lot of good work for the city. Pune needs more and more young people in the process of development of the city,” he said.
The mayor asked CREDAI members to explore ways in which tourism can be increased in the city and assist the PMC to develop projects such as cleaning up the river, development of a world class exhibition centre, museums and malls.
The CREDAI, Pune, exhibition is from August 6 to 8. Projects on display cater to 1BHK to 5BHK flats, bungalow plots, pent houses, farmhouse plots covering all areas in PMC and PCMC.
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Pune Builders Want Extra FSI For Redevelopment Schemes

A rage in Mumbai with the Bombay Municipal Corporation giving additional FSI to builders, Pune is still going slow with such schemes.
The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI), Pune, head, Satish Magar said, with no incentives being offered to the builders as in Mumbai, developers are not too keen on taking up such projects. “In Pune there are several such buildings which needs redevelopment. However, with no incentives, the builders have to settle with very less profit and generally steer clear of such projects,” he said.
A senior town planner said that Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) was proactive and made the amendments as land was becoming scarce and got the extra FSI to go higher which made them take up several dilapidated projects. “The BMC made the necessary changes in the development control rules and it is being implemented,” he said.
While a senior member from the Mantralaya said that it is the duty of the civic body to make the necessary amendments. “ If Bombay Municipal Corporation can do it, so can Pune. Once the amendments are made and the necessary proposal is passed by the GB, then Pune too can have a plan ready for redevelopment especially for the old dilapidated structures,”he said. A civic body member said that presently there are no sops for developers.
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The Real Estate Dynamics Of Satellite Towns

The immediate impacts of satellite town formation – and the primary advantages – would be an at least partial decongestion of the central city and a rise in property valuations in the satellite town.
The appreciation rate would depend on what kind of infrastructure has been/is being put in place in the satellite town, and what other market drivers it features.

Price Dynamics

Since appreciation is of paramount interest from an investment point of view, this aspect deserves amplification. Property prices are a function of demand and supply. Demand is created by a suitable combination of market drivers such as employment potential, infrastructure and overall quality of living.
If a satellite town offers these in sufficient magnitude, and if there is sufficient connectivity to the main city by means of road and rail, this new area can often put a slight downward pressure on property prices in the more centralized regions while showing a steady upward trend on its own property price graph.
This, however, happens only under optimum conditions, which must be created by meticulous town planning and proactive local Government support.

The Downside

Of course, living in a satellite town is not everyone’s cup of tea. There would be a perceived disadvantage for those use their home in the satellite town to travel to their workplace in the central city, especially if the necessary degree of road/train linkage has not been created.
Also, buying a home in a satellite town can lead to a sense of isolation and general dissatisfaction if the location does not feature the kind of social life and entertainment that would be seen as necessary lifestyle quotients.
Some central city dwellers would choose to move to such satellite towns in response to the available relief from city-related stress and cheaper property rates. However, the majority of metropolitan inhabitants would choose not to relinquish their foothold in the main city.
Many satellite towns coming up today are of greater interest to migrant populations rather than core city inhabitants, and local developers tend to zero in on this population while planning their projects.

Developers’ Delight

A classic example of best-scenario satellite town planning would be the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) of Pune, which is an industrial hub in its own right.
Within the PCMC area, Pradhikaran has emerged as the location of choice for mid-to-high level management staff working in the various surrounding industries, and various local development have recognized and focused on this potential.
Areas such as Navi Mumbai and Pune’s PCMC are planned developments that have their own social infrastructure as well as distinct resident profiles social character.
If satellite townships have been meticulously masterminded by the relevant town planning authorities, they will incorporate their own economic drivers such as employment opportunities, social infrastructure and lifestyle quotients.
Simply put, such a combination of factors opens up a new growth area for the real estate market. Under suitable circumstances, office, retail and residential property will work in tandem to create a symbiotic growth pattern.
Moreover, once such a satellite town is established, it tends to attract various industries specific to the available workforce, further boosting this pattern. The overall effect is one of economic diversification of a possibly congested metro into new directions. This naturally spells nothing but good news for the region’s real estate market.
Author: Subhankar Mitra is AVP – Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj, the largest real estate consultancy in India.

Prominent Satellite Towns + Benchmark Property Rates

Pune:
Rupees
PCMC under aegis of PCNTDA(Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority)
2000-2800/sq.ft
Mumbai:
Navi Mumbai
3000-3500/sq.ft
Kalyan/Dombivili
2200-2700/sq.ft
Vasai/Virar
2000-2200/sq.ft
Delhi:
Ghaziabad
3000-4000/sq.ft
Faridabad
3000-5000/sq.ft
Guragon
3500-5500/sq.ft
Greater Noida
2500-3500/sq.ft
Bangalore:
Yelahanka
2800-3200/sq.ft.
Devanhalli (Villas)
3 to 9 Cr.
Chennai:
Sriperumbadur (proposed as satellite town)
2000-2200/sq.ft
Siruseri (proposed as satellite town)
2500-2800/sq.ft
Kolkata:
Rajarhat
2000-2500/sq.ft
Kalyani/Batanagar
1800-2200/sq.ft

(Rates are indicative only and may vary according to projects and location dynamics)

Pune Real Estate: Manufacturing Companies Eye Realty Market

Small manufacturing companies are increasingly eyeing the growing real estate market as it turns out to be a goldmine for property developers in the country. At least half-a-dozen companies have either announced real estate projects with their partners or monetised their prime land assets in the last three to four months.
The reason: Home prices in cities like Mumbai and Pune have shot up surpassing the record levels of 2007-08, after seeing a drop of 30-40 per cent last year as home buyers postponed purchases.
Textile company Arvind today said it will develop 10,00,000 square feet of residential complex in Ahmedabad, with its joint venture partner B Safal Group. The land is owned by Ashoka Cotsyn, a unit of Arvind. Arvind already announced its plans to unlock around 600 acres of land in and around Ahmedabad and floated a separate subsidiary Arvind Infrastructure to pursue its real estate dreams.
Mumbai-based cable manufacturer Cable Corporation of India (CCI) is also looking at developing real estate projects across western India. Its maiden project in Borivali area of Mumbai is expected to cost around Rs 1,000 crore. Incidentally, the company’s Borivali land used to house its main plant will be shifted to Nasik in Maharashtra.
Hiten Khatau, chairman and managing director of CCI said the company has received booking for 70 apartments in its Mumbai project where it will develop 700 flats. Recently, the Rs 3,500-crore steel wire maker Usha Martin launched an affordable housing project in Boisar, on the outskirts of Mumbai, and plans to launch similar projects in Pune and Bangalore by the year-end.
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