The minister for housing and urban poverty alleviation, Kumari Selja has announced a model bill for regulating the real estate sector by August-September timeframe. Talking about the 100 day agenda for her ministry, Selja said that the Model Bill would propose a regulator and aim to address the concerns of consumers as well as the real estate industry. The finer details of the Model Bill could not be ascertained.
She said, “We have initiated a dialogue with all key stakeholders including private sector, NGOs, and various States to prepare the model Bill for regulating the real estate sector.” Bangalore-based realtor Ozonegroup has announced the launch of its maiden township project — ‘The Metrozone’ — in Chennai. The project will be a joint venture between Ozonegroup, HDFC India Real Estate Fund and Urban Infrastructure Opportunities Fund and would involve an overall investment of Rs 2,500 crore and is likely to be completed in about 52 months. Spread over an area of 42.5 acres, the township offers apartments, penthouses and commercial space for hospitality, retail and offices.
Sudarshan KS, COO of Ozonegroup said that the first phase of the township is scheduled to be delivered by November 2010. Hospitality player Lords Inn has planned to invest over Rs 100 crore over the next three years to expand its business. The company, which operates in three and four star categories, is also looking at joint ventures and acquisitions. PR Bansal, chairman and managing director of Lords Inn, announced, “We will invest over Rs 100 crore in hospitality across India to open 10 new hotels in three years. Currently, we are eyeing on cities like Bangalore, Jaipur and Delhi.”
The group provides management services to hotels in three and four star categories in tier II and III cities. Kumar Builders earmarks Rs 450 crore to develop residential tower Pune-based Kumar Builders has earmarked Rs 450 crore to launch a 30-storey project, 45 Nirvana Hills, spread over 79 acres, in Pune. According to Lalit Kumar Jain, chairman and managing director, Kumar Builders, construction for the first building of the project has already begun. There would be five to six residential projects that will also be 30 storeyed.
The entire project is estimated to cost Rs 450 crore. It is a self-funded project, finances for which are being raised through internal accruals. For decades, Pune’s buildings were limited to a maximum of 36 metres. It was only last year that construction of residential projects up to 100 metres high was permitted.