Chinese largest real estate firm Dalian Wanda Group has entered into ties with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group. Both groups will jointly develop some real estate projects in Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Any Chinese real estate firm, for the first time, has real estate investment in India. Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group will offer the land. The Chinese real estate firm will construct and develop the land.
The first joint real estate project will be launched in Navi Mumbai. Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group has land parcels in Navi Mumbai and Hyderabad. The group officials disclosed their plans to build integrated township projects in India. These two projects will combine an area of about 20 million sq. ft.
They will begin with developing a joint venture in Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City (DAKC). Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City (DAKC), located in Navi Mumbai’s Koperkhairane area, spreads over 135 acres of land.
Their first joint venture will develop nearly 10 million sq. ft. space at DAKC. R-Com owns DAKC. Offices of the telecom services firm and some other group firms are working here. There has been a double fold increase in the property prices of DAKC since it became operational in 2002.
Reliance and Wanda withheld from revealing the financial details of the deal. Yet, quoting a senior Reliance executive, Mint reported that the estimated cost fall between Rs.6000 Cr to Rs.7500 Cr. The estimated amount will be spent on both Hyderabad and Navi Mumbai projects.
Real estate experts welcomed the move. The Business Standard has quoted some real estate experts as hailing the move. India should welcome funds from China which is the second-largest economy. The real estate experts added that China has enormous surplus to invest. CB Richard Ellis, Anshuman Magazine’s South Asia CMD, told a newspaper that China has surplus amount to have investment.
Ambani’s Reliance MediaWorks is said to co-operate with the Chinese real estate firm in the multiplex business both in India and the USA. With the acquisition of US multiplex operator AMC Entertainment, Wanda Group has become the biggest movie theater owner of the world this year. The acquisition of US multiplex operator AMC Entertainment was done with an amount of $2.6 billion. The firm has further plans to spend another $10 billion in North America in the coming decade.
Reliance Group’s deal with the Chinese firm will be meant to reduce the overburden of the group. Presently, the Indian firm is laden with debt. Reliance will become capable of removing the debt by monetizing its land parcels.
The previous attempts of the group remained unsuccessful. The firm had attempted to ease its debt by divesting its telecom tower assets and listing its undersea cables unit in Singapore. Earlier this year Reliance had sought financial aids from Chinese banks. Reliance Communications and Reliance Power also have secured loans to initiate new projects and repay the holders.
Anil Ambani claimed in his statement that Reliance has solely become the largest trading partner between China and the India. He added that the tie up with the Chinese real estate firm Wanda Group is part of their expansion procedure.