The builders’ committee demanded that the government should take actions to regulate the prices of raw materials. They also proposed to reduce the tax on goods and services for this. CREDAI, which includes more than 13,000 developers, noted that the prices of building materials have risen steadily since January 2020.
The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) shows concern about the continuing rise in commodity prices, including cement and steel. Housing prices could rise by 10-15 percent to compensate for the increase in construction costs. The authority also demanded that the government should take steps to control the prices of raw materials, and proposed to reduce the tax on goods and services for this.
Delays in construction causes price hike-
In addition, the association said construction delays caused by curfews, lockdowns and labor shortages have led to a direct 10-15 percent increase in construction costs in recent years.
Generally the prices of all materials and goods have risen every time there is a steady rise in fuel prices. However the prices of building materials have been steadily rising since January 2020. Add to that construction delays caused by labor shortages, lockdowns, curfews, has led to rise in labor costs, which has resulted in a direct 10-15 percent increase in construction costs over the past 18 months. Also RERA does not allow the flexibility to increase the selling price even though construction costs increase significantly.
Government should tackle the increasing raw material price-
Harsh Vardhan Patodia, president, CREDAI National said, we have seen consistently sharp increases in commodity prices over the past year and they do not seem to be declining in the future. Developers may not be able to meet the rising costs and ultimately shift the burden onto home buyers. CREDAI requested the government and relevant ministries to address this issue and address the issue of price increases as soon as possible.
One way to deal with this problem may be to allow price increases by allowing the clause in the agreement between buyer and seller. The government may also consider allowing Input Tax Credit for real estate projects or optimizing GST for various building materials relative to their current prices. If these steps are not taken immediately, property prices in all segments will rise and will directly affect affordable housing and for all government missions for housing.
Hike in construction cost may affect buyers-
Anuj Puri, Chairman – ANAROCK Group said, given the rising inflation trends in the cost of materials such as cement and steel, it was clear that developers would sooner or later have to raise prices. The increase in building material costs is severe, so it can be offset without affecting buyers. Inflation has affected our lives at all levels, and property development is no exception.
Sharp price increase in raw materials-
Anubhav Jain, CEO, SilverGlades Group said, expenditure on raw materials such as cement and steel has risen markedly in recent months. Since most developers operate with very low margins, any hike in prices of raw materials puts enormous pressure. We will estimate our costs for the input resources, if necessary we also have to raise the prices.