Anil Pharande In Interview With The Realty Paper

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Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces in interview with The Realty Paper

  • How is the current scenario in the Pune real estate market?

Pune is a powerhouse of potential when it comes to real estate. It is a city of learning and entrepreneurship, and there is a distinctly progressive flavour to everything that happens there. Thanks to the fact that it has become a magnet for IT/ITES and manufacturing companies, the real estate market in Pune is not likely to lose its forward momentum. That said, I always had misgivings about the opportunistic manner in which property development was taking place within the PMC limits, and was far more interested in the holistic approach being adopted in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

  • What are your focal points of a real estate development firm?

In terms of locations, we have so far concentrated on the PCMC area and West Pune. My passion for real estate in PCMC has its reasons – the idea of being involved in the raising of a planned city on the lines of Chandigarh, so close to Pune, excited me. My primary objective has been to help steer the path of this planned development, which is why I got involved with CREDAI. Getting into the creation of township properties that would take the best advantage of the benefits that the PCMC offered in terms of superior infrastructure and phased real estate growth was the next logical step.

  • When was Pharande Spaces established?

Pharande Spaces was started in 1994 with negative capital. We launched purely on bank borrowings and goodwill.

  • Where are you most involved in the development of projects?

Since I come from a technical background, I have always placed great emphasis on employing the latest construction techniques in our projects. Our primary focus is on high-quality, visually aesthetic and lifestyle-oriented township projects that are environmentally sustainable and add to the grandeur of Pune’s real estate landscape.

  • Is Pharande Spaces involved in any other business verticals?

Apart from residential real estate, we are already into the manufacture of non-conventional energy equipment as well as distribution and power transformers. We have also forayed into the construction of malls and multiplexes. As already mentioned, we have so far concentrated on PCMC and West Pune, but are now firming up plans to expand into Goa as well.

  • Were you impacted by the slowdown in the real estate market?

Along with all other real estate development firms, Pharande Spaces faced all the ups and downs of the real estate market. We did not incur losses during the downturn, but we certainly did not experience much growth during the phase. Thankfully, the slowdown is now over and demand for quality housing is back with in force.

  • How many residential townships have you built till date?

We have built more than 25 residential projects to date, which include large integrated residential projects and two fully integrated townships.

  • L-Axis was Pharande Spaces’ first ultra-luxury township. Could you tell us more about the latest township you announced?

L-Axis is definitely one of the largest luxury projects we have launched. More recently, Pharande Spaces launched Puneville, a one-of-its-kind ultra-luxury township at Punavale in West Pune. The project is being developed on the 50-acre plot of a de-notified SEZ. The location in the heart of West Pune is literally perfect, being one kilometre from Wakad and with ready access to Aundh and Hinjewadi and further on to Lonavala and Mumbai via the Pune-Mumbai Expressway.

Puneville is a top-of-line luxury residential project designed on the lines of a luxury resort by Aedas, the global award-winning architects who have master-minded Venetian style hotels in Las Vegas and Macau as well as the Financial Centre in Shanghai and Marina Bay Sands at Singapore. Aedas ranks second among the world’s top architectural firms and will bring its full expertise to bear on Puneville. This project is by far the best in the country and incorporates every conceivable luxury feature, and outshines anything so far seen in residential real estate in Pune.

  • How do you view the real estate business at a personal level?

I am passionate about what I do, but have to admit that this business literally leaves no spare time at all. Relaxation is not even a factor.

  • Do you family members complain about your constant non-availability for them? This is a known syndrome among successful developers…

Quite possible, but I haven’t heard the complaints because I’m constantly on the phone.

  • Where do you and your family go for vacations? Do you have any favourite destination?

We have explored the world, mostly in context with my constant search for architectural inspiration for our projects. During these trips, my family members certainly enjoy themselves. We are particularly fond of Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Greece and China.

(As featured in: The Realty Paper)

Infrastructure: The Key Real Estate Investment Criterion

– Anil Pharande, CMD – Pharande Spaces

We keep hearing the term ‘market drivers’ being used in real estate. What are they? Market drivers can be defined as developments in an area that increase the value of living there. It is a well-established fact that infrastructure is by far the most important driver for real estate demand and property appreciation growth.

Infrastructure can take many forms. It includes road development to boost connectivity of a location, civic infrastructure such as dedicated water and electricity supply, public gardens, etc. that increases the quality of living in the area, and social infrastructure such as schools, colleges and healthcare, which result in shorter travelling time to such very essential services.

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Infrastructure must be put in place either before or along with other real estate development. Attempts to put it in place retrospectively create the kind of mess that we can see in many of our cities today. The building of flyovers and road widening are attempted in highly congested areas, disrupting the flow of normal activity and taking ages to be built, causing great inconvenience and massive costs to the city because of the incessant delays.

Building infrastructure is like growing trees – in both cases, there needs to be enough space for them to grow, and sufficient opportunity for a root network to deploy. Without space and depth, neither trees nor infrastructure can grow and flourish. If we take the case of Pune as an example, we can see that building infrastructure as an afterthought to real estate development, rather than as a precursor, does not really work well.

Pune’s haphazard development in the past has not been favourable for decent infrastructure deployment to complement its rapid development on other fronts. Battling severe constraints, Pune’ development authorities are doing their best to counter the ill-effects of unregulated development which has so far been taking place.

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We are seeing some good results in building support infrastructure, but the Pune Municipal Corporation is actually a losing battle. This is amply illustrated by the fact that the Pune Municipal Corporation is not able to provide suitable parking, traffic management solutions and utilities supply despite enormous investments.

Guidelines For Homebuyers & Investors

  • The infrastructure of a location is a major focus area for property investors for a very good reason. Real estate investors want to attract end-users, either as rental or purchase clients, to the properties. They know that an area without sufficient infrastructure will be unattractive to their clients, because the quality of living quotient is low.
  • Again, properties in areas without good infrastructure tend to have cheaper property rates for a reason. Developers with projects in such locations know that the area has little or nothing to say for itself in terms of quality of life. The only way they can hope to sell their projects is to offer very attractive rates.
  • Buyers should place infrastructure availability prominently on their checklist while scouting for suitable homes. Road and rail connectivity, water supply, proximity of schools, hospitals and shopping outlets are of paramount importance. Buying a home cheaply if the location does not offer these is meaningless, and will give cause for regret.
  • If one is buying a property purely as a long-term investment and primarily for capital appreciation, one can afford to be a bit philosophical about existing infrastructure. After all, one is not planning to live there and does not expect very fast appreciation. As long as there is a reasonable assurance that it will arrive in the foreseeable future, it makes sense to invest in a property located in an emerging area where infrastructure is in its nascent stages.
  • However, if one is buying the property in order to generate rental income, existing infrastructure is far more important than upcoming infrastructure. People looking for rental options are also looking for a certain ease and dignity of living. They are willing to put the option of buying a home aside so that they can live in a good home in a good location on rent.
  • Where the option exists, give a high preference to townships over all other options. While checking out townships, ensure that they are located in areas which have a good saturation of support infrastructure as well. Most large Indian cities now have township projects coming up.
  • In Pune, the infrastructure-rich Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is attracting the highest number of buyers and investors of township properties. In other parts of the country, Navi Mumbai and the Kalyan-Dombivli and Vasai-Virar belts are becoming important township hubs.
  • In Delhi NCR, the areas to look at for townships are Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Greater Noida. In Bangalore, the growth hubs for townships are Yelahanka and Devanhalli, and in Chennai they include Sriperumbadur, Perambur, the OMR belt and Anna Nagar.

About The Author:

Pharande Vaarivana PuneAnil 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 luxury township Puneville at Punavale in West Pune is among the company’s latest premium offerings. Woodsville in Moshi is another highly successful PCMC-based township by Pharande Spaces which is now in its 3rd phase.

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MIDC To Give Five Acre Plot To PCMC For Fire Brigade Office

PUNE: The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) will give a five-acre plot to the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to set up the fire brigade head office.
Avinash Patil, deputy director, town planning, said that PCMC had approached the MIDC to get land for a police station and fire brigade office in Bhosari.
PCMC fire brigade has one central office and three sub-stations in the municipal limits. The central office is located at Pimpri while the sub-stations are located at Rahatni, Bhosari and Pradhikaran.
The population of PCMC limits has grown rapidly and there is a need to open 17 sub-stations as per the population. The fire brigade is also searching for land to open its new sub-offices in various parts of the municipal limits.
Read the rest of the article here.

Pimpri Chinchwad: The Evolution Of A Pune Real Estate Paradise

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If you are new to this new Pune real estate boomtown – Pimpri Chinchwad, you need to know that its a modern twin city situated South-East of Mumbai, in the North – West quadrant of Pune.
Pimpri Chinchwad also happens to be the fifth-most populated city of Maharashtra and has long been famous for being one of the most prominent industrial destinations outside Mumbai.
The twin cities of Pimpri-Chinchwad, governed by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), are located 15 km from the Pune city centre. They form a continuous urban stretch, adding to the overall Pune Urban Agglomeration, and contain a thriving industrial belt that primarily consists of engineering and automobile industries.
In fact, PCMC and Pune, when viewed as a unified geographical unit, make up one of India’s largest industrial areas. Pimpri-Chinchwad has contributed a lot to the fact that Pune is the second-largest industrial city in Maharashtra after Mumbai. That fact alone has already spelt gold in terms of the Pune property market – but there’s a lot more.
Let me tell you a bit more about this new real estate boomtown, and why it has come so much into the limelight. As we know, location is everything in the real estate market – both in terms of connectivity to the primary city and pleasantness of environment.

Pimpri-Chinchwad: Location And Connectivity

Pimpri-Chinchwad is situated on the Deccan Plateau and is surrounded by hills.  It rises 560 meters above the mean sea level, near the confluence of Mula and Mutha rivers. Moreover, the Pavna River traverses the city, with the Indrayani River cutting through it on the north-western outskirts.
Accessibility by road is excellent, to say the least. Pimpri Chinchwad is situated on the confluence of NH-4 (the Mumbai-Bangalore highway) and NH-50 (the Pune-Nasik highway).
In fact, the PCMC area boasts of an extensive network of national highways to major cities like Mumbai (163 km), Nasik (202 km), Nagpur (880 km), Bangalore (835 km), Chennai (1166 km) and Hyderabad (548 km).
Railways are an important ingredient of economic growth, and Pimpri Chinchwad is located on the Mumbai-Pune mail line. It has broad-gauge, direct connectivity to Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
The Pune airport, which is just 20 km  away, has regular direct flights to New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad (not to mention direct flights to Dubai and Singapore).

Industries in Pimpri-Chinchwad

The Pimpri-Chinchwad area is home to over 4000 industrial units in the large, medium and small sectors, these include some of the most reputed industrial companies of the country. Needless to say, this makes it one of the most developed industrial belts in Maharashtra.
Where did it all begin? With the arrival of Hindustan Antibiotics in 1954. The establishment of this public sector pharmaceutical company proved to be a major catalyst, and PCMC saw rapid industrialisation over the next few years.
To prepare the region for the boom to come, the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) procured large tracts of land in 1956, and in no time at all multinationals like SKF and Phillips, and Indian giants like Tata and Bajaj set up major units here.
Today, PCMC industrial portfolio includes a large number of engineering units as well as a number of other industries such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and telecommunications.
With such a scale of industrial development, the PCMC area emerged as a major employment treasure trove, and the population grew exponentially. Today, Pimpri- Chinchwad is a metropolis in its own right, and is rightfully considered Pune’s sister city.

Climactic Magic in Pimpri-Chinchwad

The PCMC area has invigorating climate throughout the year, thanks to it high altitude, moderate rainfall and a green cover that Pune cannot even begin to compare with. The monsoon arrives in during first week of July and extends to mid-September.
In this period, PCMC witnesses an average annual rainfall is 700-800 mm. The maximum relative humidity during the rainy season is 70-80%, and falls as low as 30% on summer afternoons.
This is as close to a perfect climactic setup as one can achieve anywhere in Maharashtra, and is one of the main reasons why so many people from various regions choose to settle down here.

Ready For A Home In PCMC?

Pimpri-Chinchwad is now an extremely popular residential destination, which is why real estate development here has picked up rapidly over the last three to four years.
One of the most important features of the PCMC residential property market is the fact that it features large and amazingly modern integrated residential projects. Homes in these projects offer everything required for a comfortable lifestyle within them – often at half the property rates prevailing in Pune.

Anil Pharande is President of CREDAI PCMC and Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.
This article may be reprinted with proper attribution to the author and a link back to PunePropertyBlog.com

Criminal Cases Against Those Poaching On PCNTDA Land

PUNE: The Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority (PCNTDA) has decided to lodge criminal cases against those encroaching on its land. The action is primarily aimed at building contractors.
Suhas Divse, chief executive officer of the PCNTDA, said the authority will demolish such constructions and the cost for such action will be recovered from encroachers.
Notices have already been sent to 22 property owners, who have illegally built structures after August 1, 2009. “We will give them time to wind up, but if they fail to do so, the PCNTDA will remove them. So far, very few cases have been registered. But now onwards we will lodge criminal cases against all such people,” Divse said.
A joint drive will soon be initiated with help from the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. Divse said the PCNTDA is planning to strengthen its anti-encroachment squad. “At present, there are 50 guards in the squad. We will hire 50 more. Two engineers on deputation have been attached to the squad. A deputy collector level official will head the squad,” he said.
The PCNTDA was constituted by the state to provide affordable housing to industrial workers and the poor. For the purpose, land was acquired from 10 villages namely Nigdi, Bhosari, Chikhli, Akurdi, Ravet, Kalewadi, Chinchwad, Thergaon, Rahatni and Wakad.
The state was to acquire 4,323 hectare of land, but the PCNTDA has only 1,627 hectare in its possession. It did not take quick possession of land in villages of Chinchwad, Kalewadi, Thergaon, Rahatni and Wakad. As a result, farmers sold off their land to migrant workers who have constructed their houses on it.
Authorities say nearly 15,000 such constructions have been identified. “We have sent a proposal to regularise all unauthorised constructions made on PCNTDA land before August 1, 2009. The state government has to take a decision on it,” he said.
Incidentally, owners of houses in Yamunanagar area of Nigdi-Pradhikaran have extended their buildings on open spaces.
Read the rest of this article here.

Road Development: The Key To Pune’s Real Estate Growth

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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.
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 encourage 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 firmly in place, 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.

For The Lack Of A Road….

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.
The roads leading to Kharadi – a major real estate growth nexus – have not been put in place due to an inappropriately slow speed of development initiative. Similarly, the Eastern bypass has been at the proposal stage for many years. In these and various other instances, the result is compromised potential.

Case Study – Pradhikaran Phase 2, PCMC

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 case in point would be Phase 2 of the Pradhikaran area, which comes under the purview of the Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority (PCNTDA).
The Pharande Group, which has made significant land bank investments in Phase 2, across Sectors 4 and 6, had already launched residential projects in Pradhikaran’s Phase 1. Under the aegis of Anil Pharande, a massive mixed-use development is now shaping up in Phase 2.
This area is extremely important for overall growth of the region, since it will cater to a huge chunk of the middle income housing demand for PCMC-employed mid-management cadre. However, because of the lack of proper roads, only the Pharande Group and a handful of smaller developers have taken the risk of venturing into this area to open it up for future growth.

The Origin Of Mismatch

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) area was established as a satellite town to Pune in 1962, and it quickly grew as an industrial market. Since the travel time between Pune and PCMC presented a challenge, the authorities soon perceived an increasing need to provide housing for people who worked in this area. This led to the formation of the Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority, which began to develop housing for the PCMC workforces.
The constraints of octroi and sales tax caused most industries to start moving out of the corporation limits. This caused a boost in the growth of the outlying areas. Development is now gradually shifting away from the core areas of PCMC, and the areas between Bhosari and Chakan.
Generally, the road network in PCNTDA area is quite suitable. Currently, a 45 meter spine road that would connect Nashik highway to Mumbai Highway (at Nigdi) is being developed. However, the lack of direct road connectivity from this part to Chakan presents a lacuna that reflects on this location’s overall growth potential.

‘Poor Cousin’ Syndrome?

Chakan has already found favour by large-scale industries and Bhosari was already an established industrial area, since it had grown in tandem with other industrial areas in the PCMC. The quick progress of these two areas has attracted the bulk of road construction efforts, and away from the area known as Phase 2.
Paradoxically, Phase 2 offers the advantages of generous land availability and low real estate costs. It also has an enormous future market driver in the form of the International Convention Centre at Moshi, which is being jointly developed by the Maratha Chamber of Commerce and the PCMC.
This project is currently only in the proposal stage, but it will add immense value to this sector. When the ICC becomes operational, it will positively affect real estate value in the northern parts of the PCMC area, right up to Chakan.
Developers already active in this area have put the blueprint for its progress in place. However, the blueprint needs to be transferred from the drawing board to the shop floor.
A suitable road network connecting Phase 2 to Chakan and Bhosari could vastly improve its chances of catching up with these growth sectors – and of fulfilling its intended purpose as a new residential safety-valve for the increasing housing demand from the PCMC area.

Lacking – A ‘Potential Value’ Perspective

The potential of this key area apparently lacks from a 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 PCNDTA will take cognizance of the fact that Pradhikaran’s Phase 2 is extremely important by virtue of the fact that strategically juxtaposed New Rajguru Nagar has now been identified as the location of Pune’s new airport.
This being the case, putting down adequate roads in this area will set the stage for immense future growth of this strategically placed locality.

Author: Mohammed Aslam is Head – Pune, Jones Lang LaSalle India.
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Pimpri-Chinchwad: Pune’s Last Hope For Planned Residential Development

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Pimpri-Chinchwad, the twin city located south-east of Mumbai, is the fifth most populated city of Maharashtra and also one of the most prominent industrial destinations outside Mumbai. In fact, Pimpri-Chinchwad is the decisive factor in making Pune the second largest industrial city in Maharashtra after Mumbai.

Industrial Utopia

Over 4000 industrial units in the large, medium and small sectors dot its landscape, among these some of the most reputed industrial companies in the country. If one includes Bhosari and Dapodi in its purview, Pimpri-Chinchwad’s repertoire reads like a regular industrial Who’s Who. Among the major names are:

  • Bajaj Auto Ltd.
  • Force Motors
  • Sandvik Asia
  • Alfa Laval
  • Forbes Marshall
  • Atlas Copco
  • Kirloskar Filters
  • Kalyani Sharp
  • Mahindra and Mahindra
  • Hindustan Antibiotics
  • Kirloskar Pneumatics
  • Tata Motors
  • Indian Card Clothing
  • Finolex
  • SKF Bearings
  • Greaves Cotton

… and many more
Pimpri-Chinchwad’s status as a power-driven property destination also derives from its matchless connectivity. Its strong road network encompasses major transportation corridors – the Mumbai–Pune Road, the NH-4 Bypass, NH-50 (Pune-Nashik Highway) and the roads connecting Aundh to Kalewadi and the Mumbai–Pune Road to Bhosari.

Development Potential

Until fairly recently, Pimpri-Chinchwad was perceived primarily as an industrial hub and not a residential destination. However, with industrial development on ascend the population has grown exponentially there. Today, Pimpri-Chinchwad has emerged as a as a metropolis in its own right, with a thriving residential market on par with the best-planned cities and towns in India.
The residential market has multiple market drivers. The proximity to Hinjewadi IT Park apart, there is no doubt that this area’s future development will now be driven by the industrial clusters which are heavily concentrated in the PCMC area. Many landmark developments such as the International Convention Centre are coming up here, which clearly indicates that the PCMC area has a high potential for development. These projects are all part of the PCMC master plan laid down three decades ago.
Residential real estate development in Pimpri-Chinchwad has picked up rapidly in the last three years, and this area’s tag of an ‘Industrial City’ has vanished forever. The first wave of housing projects was driven primarily by the redevelopment of industrial campuses and plots into residential projects that catered to the workforce at the MIDC/industrial areas in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Talegaon.
Today, however, the fact that the PCMC area is, in fact, a meticulously planned area is making a truly decisive play on its real estate fortunes. Government-planned cities have various advantages over cities that have expanded via organic growth.
Planned development such as witnessed in Chandigarh and Gurgaon are the wave of the future in Indian real estate. PCNTDA — the Pimpri-Chinchwad New Township Development Authority — is a model closely based on that followed by Chandigarh, Gurgaon and Navi Mumbai.
Pune has witnessed organic growth, and the deficits in proper town planning have resulted in much of its infrastructure problems and shortfall in residential developments. In contrast, the properly planned Pimpri Chinchwad area – especially industry-intense areas like Chakan – should be able to avoid the mistakes done in central Pune.
PCMC has the advantage of proper town planning and the resultant infrastructure. However, there are areas of concern about how adequately development is being addressed in this vital growth area.

Residential Space Shortfall

The PCMC MIDC area encompasses approximately 3000 acres. The Chakan and Talegaon belt comprises about 11000 acres, which means that Chakan will need about 50,000 acres of planned residential development.
This kind of development will happen in a periphery of around 50 sq km. However, the magnitude of actual development today is lamentable. This is a major lacuna. 50% of Chakan’s industrial era is already developed and occupied. Major industrial giants like Volkswagen, Bajaj and Mercedes Benz have already started production.
The key area of Pradhikaran is the logical location for absorbing the residential demand of this industrial belt; however planning for the residential requirements of employees in these industries in Pradhikaran is completely inadequate. This needs to be done soon. To boost the residential sector in Pradhikaran, proper road connectivity between Pradhikaran, PCMC and Chakan must be established.
Pradhikaran has the potential of becoming the latest real estate growth area – not only for PCMC, but in terms of Pune as well. Pune is, in geographic terms, a small city typified by haphazard development of its real estate market. The PCMC area is a diametric opposite – it is 100% planned, with the groundwork for the planning in place since 1965.
Pune’s growth boosters are education and IT / ITES. In PCMC, and particularly in the Pradhikaran area, there is a plethora of factors to amplify economic and real estate market growth, including IT, automobile and various other industries.
The result is that a huge magnitude of residential and utility space needs to be developed in Pradhikaran alone. However, this has not been addressed by developers.
Three years back, the average property rates in the PCMC area were below Rs. 1000/sq.ft. Now, the average rate throughout the region is between 2500-3000/sq.ft. – a growth rate that Pune has been able to replicate only in certain IT-centric or high-profile residential areas.
At the current time, it is still possible to locate residential projects to commercial projects in Pradhikaran. This allows for maximum appreciation potential, since the demand for either of these two segments feeds the other. In another five years, the area will have reached such a high level of development that such juxtaposition will no longer be feasible.
Developers still have an opportunity to take advantage of this fact and develop residential and commercial projects close to each other. While this makes excellent business sense, it will also ensure that Pradhikaran will attain a balanced real estate profile that dovetails perfectly with the PCMC master plan.
Currently, the residential property rates in Pradhikaran range between 2500-3000/sq.ft. Once the International Convention Centre and the new International airport are launched, these rates have the potential of doubling. Until then, the minimum appreciation potential for Pradhikaran will remain at a steady 15-20% year-on-year.
Anil Pharande is President of CREDAI PCMC and Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.
This article may be reprinted with proper attribution to the author and a link back to PunePropertyBlog.com

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 Apartment Rental Vs Buying A Dream Home In Pradhikaran

You may think that buying your dream home in one of Pune’s latest integrated residential projects is beyond your capabilities. However, the fact is that it is easier than ever to get a home these days.
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Most lending agencies and banks are now extremely liberal with providing home loans. In other words, even if you do not have a lot of actual cash to put down, you can still get the home of your dreams.
Many people think that buying a dream home is a tough process – that it calls for a large down payment. This is not always the case. Buying a home largely depends on your budget and also the location you choose.
If you consider the Pune properties for sale in the central parts of the city, you may certainly find them unaffordable. One look at the Pune property rates in 2010 will confirm that. However, if you consider buying a residential property in Pune’s adjoining PCMC, you get not only affordability but also a vastly superior deal.
Home loans for purchasing a dream home in one of these ultra-modern integrated residential projects are readily available. The down payment you make on this dream home purchase will go towards your overall purchase.
The more money you put down at the outset a home when you purchase, the lower your monthly payments (or EMIs – equated monthly instalments) will be.
If you don’t own a home right now, you probably live in a rental house or apartment.  This is certainly an option, but you are still paying money towards your housing that you could instead be putting towards a home of your own.
These days, renting a Pune flat will cost you just about as much as payments towards a home loan for a property in PCMC’s Pradhikaran would – and this, of course, makes no sense at all.
Maybe you should consider converting your monthly rental payments towards a small Pune apartment into monthly instalments towards your own spacious dream home in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.
There is no shortage of banks who will offer very easy terms and interest rates on a home loan. In fact, the high competitiveness on the Pune home loan market gives you an edge – you can choose a loan plan that’s best for you.
There are various routes you can take to get a home loan. Most Pune developers have tie-ups with leading banks to make the process as pain-free and convenient as possible for their customers. Real estate agents can also be used to obtain a home loan – they can also be very useful when it comes to getting a great deal on the home, at prices that are right for you.
As long as you plan your budget and take things a step at a time, you’ll be closer than you think to actually owning the home of your dreams. You have the possibility of owning a fully-facilitated home at Pradhikaran, an area blessed with natural beauty and superior infrastructure.
It is time to reflect on just how much sense it makes to continue paying rent towards a far smaller home in a congested area of Pune.
Anil Pharande is President of CREDAI PCMC 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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