According to real estate associations Naredco and Credai, the completion time of apartments in different phases of construction in Delhi-NCR could be extended up to two years. The impact is primarily from two consecutive waves of the pandemic and the consequent disruptions in financing and employment.
It also prolongs the wait for the delayed apartments for a longer time. According to a recent survey by real estate consulting firm Anarock, there are more than 3 lakhs of such apartments in the major cities of Delhi-NCR. Apartments are considered delayed if they were launched in 2014 or earlier. Construction started after this period is in progress.
Delivery times for “ongoing” projects will also be affected. Completion time for more than 3 lakh apartments in the NCR may be affected by a two-year delay due to two waves of Covid-19. Real estate agencies Credai and Naredco say buyers and regulators should be ready to face at least a two-year delay. According to Anarock, around 50% of the delayed apartments are located in Greater Noida alone.
Relief package may help to boost construction
Real estate companies cited labor and supply chain problems during the pandemic as cause for the delay. The lack of cash flow also affected the construction work. This was reported by R.K. Arora, CMD of Supertech and President of Naredco, UP. “Since March 2020, project implementation has developed very slowly due to labor shortages, raw material shortages and related problems. Delivery time is delayed by approximately two years.”
Pankaj Bajaj, president of Credai (Delhi-NCR), said, Real estate is one of the worst hit sectors as a result most projects are likely to be delayed by about two years. We hope for relaxation to help us tackle this problem. In addition, to give construction a boost, the government should announce a relief package and provide last-mile funding through banks.
Additional six months registration validity
Prashant Thakur, head of research at Anarock said, According to a survey by Anarock, about 3.29 lakh flats launched in the NCR region in 2014 or earlier have now been stuck or delayed. The pandemic is one of the major reasons for the delay. All were to be delivered by June 2021. 50% of these units are in Greater Noida, Noida has about 16%, Gurgaon has about 12%, and Ghaziabad has about 10%. The remaining 12% are in Delhi, Faridabad and Bhiwadi.
UP-Rera member Balvinder Kumar said the solution was invented. Last year, we gave builders a six-month relaxation or waiver for registration restrictions when the pandemic broke out. According to current rules, all registrations can be valid for one year from the expiration date. We decided to extend the additional six months validity extension to registration of builders.