Bandra Kurla Complex was created by MMRDA as an alternate CBD to Mumbai, with the express purpose of halting the further growth of offices and commercial activities in South Mumbai. Currently, BKC has a total stock of 8 million square feet of office space. An additional supply of 2.5 million square feet is expected in 2012 with the completion of The Capital, FIFC and TCG Finance Centres. Over the last few years, BKC’s G Block has gained prominence as the key location within this unique micro-market. The current vacancy level at Bandra Kurla Complex stands at 16%.
Leasing and buying activity at Bandra Kurla Complex continued to accelerate during the last two quarters. The rent correction appears to be complete, with most existing buildings and new projects recording flat rates or slight increases over the prior quarter. The overall stability of the market is a sign that it has bottomed out.
With the Diamond bourse soon to be operational in 2 million square feet of premises, the people churn at BKC will increase dramatically. How the MMRDA will address the management of this sudden onslaught of traffic remains to be seen. Other areas of concerns at BKC include the continued lack of F&B outlets and sufficient public transportation. The Metro project announced in 2008 would be a game changer; however, this project has been drastically delayed. The monorail project, now scrapped, could have been a significant infrastructure boost for Bandra Kurla Complex.
Various infrastructure initiatives like the Santacruz–Chembur Link Road will help adjacent areas around BKC such as LBS Road, Sion, Kurla, Kalina and Mahim to develop, posing competition for BKC. Many senior executives who work in BKC are expected to shift their residence to Bandra, driving up residential prices in Bandra.
MUMBAI: In view of the tremendous response received by state-run housing corporation MHADA for its offer of 4,034 houses under different categories, Builders Association of India has adviced the Maharashtra government to take control of the redevelopment of SRA schemes and nominate MHADA, MMRDA and CIDCO as the official agencies for redevelopment of slum. BAI Treasurer, Anand Gupta said, “MHADA, MMRDA and CIDCO like agencies could offer free rehabilitation houses to eligible slum residents by constructing multi – storied buildings as provided in the SRA Scheme. They can sell the balance area to all those applicants of MHADA flats who did not get allotment”. BAI has sent a written proposal to state government in this regard.
“Over 2 lakh people had applied for the 4,034 MHADA flats in May this year, and nearly 7 lakh home-seekers are expecting that they will get flats at very reasonable rates. Funding such projects will not be an issue since customers are ready to buy the houses at rates and terms of payment as announced by MHADA”. MHADA has a unique advantage, it has over a period of time collected a huge data base of home-seekers in Mumbai, which promises ready customers for affordable and mass housing segments.
All these Government bodies have made the mandatory consent by 70 percent slum residents will not be required. As per SRA record, 1,046 plots are available with state Government for redevelopment. That can house 3,70,000 flats of 430 square feet as per carpet area, and provide housing to six lac slum residents.
The first quarter results of real estate major HDIL indicate a improvement in the domestic realty sector. Not only volumes, but also prices are now moving northward.
Despite the fact that both sales as well as profit margins fell during the June quarter, the decline was less than expected and pace is also slackening. Revenues fell by 47% year-on-year to Rs 318.61 crore from Rs 601 crore in the same quarter previous year. With more than three-fourth of its revenue coming from low yielding land development and slum rehabilitation scheme projects, the margins have taken a major hit. Operating margin also fell from 58% to about 43%. Net profit stood at Rs 107.47 crore as against Rs 317.9 crore reported in the corresponding quarter of last year.
In this quarter, HDIL sold less than 1.8 million square feet of TDR at an average price of Rs 1,500 per square feet. It is expected to cumulatively sell close to 6-7-million square feet of TDR in financial year 2010. HDIL has managed to restructure major part of its debt liability and repayments would be due only by October 2010. On account of completion of the mall and multiplex at Kandivili, a Mumbai suburb, about Rs 21 crore worth of investments have been transferred to fixed assets from the Profit & Loss account in the current quarter. As the company follows the project completion method for revenue recognition, it is only by 2011 when the ongoing residential projects would get completed. On the airport project, phase I is expected to be complete by fiscal year 2010 and land acquisition for other parts of project is going on. Recently the company has entered into a rental-housing scheme with MMRDA. This is expected to add 30 million square feet of space to its existing 196-million square feet of land bank.