Sandeep Runwal, President, NAREDCO Maharashtra, also bats for keeping homeloan rates low.
MUMBAI, May 23 (The CONNECT) - Realtors have welcomed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement to reduce the import duties on select raw materials such as steel and plastics along with steps to improve the supply of cement.
This will boost the sentiments of the developers and end-users, real estate developers said while hailing the sharp cut in central excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre and Rs 6 per litre on diesel as “another progressive and timely step” to contain inflation.
Owing to the surge of property prices, the realty sector has been urging the Government to take necessary measures that will ease the burden on the developers.
Here are some industry views:
Sandeep Runwal, President, NAREDCO Maharashtra: "This will surely provide some cost relief in terms of steel and cement prices. The reduction in fuel and cement prices will have an overall good impact on the real estate sector to keep the prices in check. However, we also request the government to work on making interest rates on home loans lower and making GST input credit available to the developers at the current GST slabs. This will surely reduce the home prices making it beneficial to the larger part of the society."
Ramesh Nair, CEO, India & Managing Director, Market Development, Asia, Colliers: "Developers have been under pressure to raise prices as cost of construction materials have seen a double-digit surge in recent times. As per Colliers initial estimates, the cost of construction was likely to rise by a further 8-9% by the end of 2022. In this scenario, the government’s intervention to control this rise by rationalizing duties and taxes on key inputs is timely and is likely to have a positive trickledown effect to the end consumers.”
Pritam Chivukula - Co-Founder & Director, Tridhaatu Realty and Treasurer, CREDAI MCHI: "The government’s significant decision to reduce import duties on the steel products is a much-needed intervention that will act as the catalyst in driving the momentum of the industry. This shall surge the raw material availability in the country and put a stop to the ever-increasing prices in the market. The government’s step to subside the inflation shall act as a propeller to strengthen consumer sentiment and help in maintaining project prices. Additionally, we urge the government to lower the interest rates on home loans making the homebuying buoyant for potential buyers."
Himanshu Jain, VP - Sales, Marketing and CRM, Satellite Developers Private Limited (SDPL): "It is a much-appreciated step taken by the government to reduce the prices of steel, and cement supplies to help realtors trim construction costs. The reduction in the prices of the raw material will have an optimistic impact on the sector to keep the prices in check. Further reduction of fuel prices will only pave a smooth way for the sector and reduce the pressure on the end consumers."
Shraddha Kedia-Agarwal, Director, Transcon Developers: "We appreciate the government’s intervention in stabilising the inflation of the market. This was a much-needed step to help neutralise the market condition. Cutting excise duty on raw material imports and fuel will definitely drive the positive sentiment of the end-user and the sector by the easy availability of the materials used in construction activities."
Dr. Sachin Chopda, Managing Director, Pushpam Group: ''The government’s recent announcement is quite commendable, it shall bring the much-needed relief to the developers and the end users. The reduction in import duties on iron ore and steel shall further pad the domestic availability of raw materials. which in return shall reduce the prices of steel products used in construction and control the rising prices of Properties. The measures announced by the government will only drive the momentum of the market and control the inflation rate.''
Kaushal Agarwal, Chairman, The Guardians Real Estate Advisory: "Government's intervention to tackle the inflation by announcing several measures by reducing customs duty on raw materials, lowering excise duty on fuel prices and an increase in export duty on iron ore and steel intermediates will further boost the 'ease of living'. For the realty industry, these measures will surely taper down the concern of the possible impact of the rising cost of construction inputs and bolster the overall infrastructural development."
Bhushan Nemlekar, Director, Sumit Woods Limited: ''Owing to inflationary concerns, the government has taken pragmatic steps to overcome the challenges that the real estate industry has been grappling with construction cost hikes due to increase in raw material costs. The waiving of customs duty on the import of some raw materials will bring down the cost of construction materials creating a positive impact on the developers.''
Jitesh Lalwani - President, Homesync Real Estate Advisory: ''It was a ‘timely’ move by the Government to announce key measures that will help bolster the availability of raw materials domestically, cool off prices of steel products, along with controlling the steep rise in prices of real estate projects resulting in strengthening the consumer sentiments amidst the backdrop of inflationary pressures.''