BDI Ambaram

NRIs considering investment in commercial realty sector

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Delhi/NCR:  Non-resident Indians (NRIs) are evincing interest in commercial properties besides residential ones too. Earlier, the high-end, luxury residential homes were the major key of attraction for NRI buyers.

 "Slowdown in the market in the past few years has considerably affected the return on investment from residential projects. Owing to the imminent slowdown in the residential market, especially luxury segment, NRIs looking to invest in Indian real estate are now diversifying their asset exposure and considering investments into commercial properties,” says Divya Seth Maggu, Associate Director (valuation and advisory services) at Colliers International India.

In fact, NRIs still have several advantages in both categories. The low residential prices and certain incentives in the form of discounts are also available to serious buyers.

"RERA has ensured that investment into residential property has also become much safer, and the risks previously attached to home purchase have thereby been moderated. Also, considering that many NRIs will return to India at some point, owning a home in their respective cities is a very sound investment for the future,” says Santhosh Kumar, Vice-Chairman of ANAROCK Property Consultants.

Developers state that this is the perfect time for investment in the realty sector "It is a great time for NRIs to invest in the residential real estate market as there has been a significant drop in the property rates after demonetization. Moreover, regulatory changes like the implementation of GST and RERA have made the market more equitable and real estate purchase simply by bringing in better accountability and transparency,” Harinder Dhillon, Vice-President (sales) of DLF, said.

"NRIs are now diversifying their asset exposure and investing more into commercial properties as it offers a longer lease period, assuring a steady income. When you invest in the commercial real estate, it’s not just the building itself that has meaningful intrinsic value, it also includes the land," Ravish Kapoor, Director of Elan Group, said.

Due to high demand from corporate, commercial office space vacancies has almost halved in the past six years. Even, in some prime locations in cities like Bangalore and Pune, the vacancy has reached even single-digit levels.

"The launch of Real Estate Investment Trusts is expected to further attract investments in office properties going forward. In contrast, the residential real estate is facing challenges of high inventory pileup, low consumer interest and sales. Stagnant prices on the residential front and slowdown in new launches have pushed affluent NRI investors towards commercial properties," Divya Seth Maggu said.

Indian Highway

Construction Work on Kherki Daula bypass Route to End in a Month

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GURUGRAM: The construction work on a four- lane road (5kms) on the eastern side of the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway is in progress to connect the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) with NH8. This road bypassing the kherki Daula toll plaza slated to be completed by Huda within the next month. However, the construction of 400- meter stretch road between Sector 76 to Sector 77 is yet to be started.

This construction of new road got stalled due to some controversies. Millennium City Expressway Private Limited (MCEPL), the company managing the Kherki-Daula toll plaza, has raised objections over the road with NHAI. The company wrote a letter to NHAI on May 24, stating the loss of Rs 17 lakh daily after its opening, saying “If Huda’s four-lane road is connected with NH8, bypassing the Kherki Daula toll plaza, minimum revenue and maximum traffic would be diverted through the four lanes.” The road will merge with NH8 a mere 300 meters away from the toll plaza.

As per the MCEPL, it cannot stop the construction of this road as it’s in some other area and some other agency has made it. For this the MCEPL has written a letter to NHAI.

According to the Huda official, apart for the 400-metre stretch between Sector 76 to 77, the road is complete. It has assured that the road will be operational by next month with only sewage work left in the area. Apparently, the deadline for this project was July.

 The new road constructing will connect with SPR via the road dividing sectors 75 and 75A, meet NH8 near Sector 83 via the road dividing sectors 77 and 78, and pass through sectors 76 and 77. After these new sector roads are operational, commuters from Golf Course Road and Faridabad will be able to reach Manesar through SPR, without a need to cross the Kherki-Daula toll plaza. The residents of new sectors 80-90 get benefited as they will reach easily to Golf Course Road, Sohna Road, Faridabad Road and other parts of Gurugram.

Developers have also welcomed the move.  Ravish Kapoor, Director, Elan Group, said, “The road will become a lifeline for lakhs of commuters coming from Faridabad and nearby areas to Gurugram, as they would be able to reach Manesar without having to cross the Kherki Daula toll plaza. Additionally, it will give a boost to several realty projects being developed along the SPR by enhancing the connectivity quotient and ease of access.”

Similarly, Rahul Singla, director, Mapsko Group, said, “Commuting through Delhi-Gurgaon will become easier for lakhs of commuters who travel on daily basis. Once complete commuters from Golf course road and Faridabad can directly reach Manesar through the Southern Peripheral Road, without needing to cross the toll plaza. But the shifting of the Kherki Daula toll is the first most important thing; the toll has been a big hurdle to the commuters, causing massive perennial traffic jams. Residents, industrialists, home buyers and others struggle through the traffic jam at a cost of time, energy and money every day. Toll operators should also focus on selling Tags in order to bring down transaction time; this will eventually decrease the above-mentioned problem”.

Suncity World School Performing At Biksheks 140th Anniversary Celebration 2

Gurgaon students represent India at Bishkek’s 140th-anniversary celebrations

-Suncity School was the only school from India to be selected on the occasion
-Students of Suncity School enthrall audience by performing various folk dances of India
The students of Suncity School represented India at 140th-anniversary celebrations of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Suncity School was the only school from India to perform at the Festival of Indian Dances at the Ceytek Auditorium to commemorate the 140th anniversary of Bishkek on 29th April.   A team of 20 students showcased India’s diversity on the occasion by performing folk dances of different parts of India. 
They were invited by Ms. L. Savithri, Indian ambassador to perform at the occasion. She was all-praises for their performance.
They also performed at International Children’s Folklore Festival at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 25th – 1st May,201. It was the only school from India to be selected for representation under the ‘Rising Stars Category’ at the festival. Among other countries that participated on the occasion were like Turkey, Hungary, Italy, Sierra Leone, Russia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
The team accompanied by two teachers and Principal Rupa Chakravarty also interacted with the students of the Kyrgyzstan Russian Slavic University and visited the Kyrgyz National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater and the Kyrgyz National Philharmonic named after Toktogul Satylganov.
Suncity School was selected to participate at Bishkek after their  performance at Udbhav Festival in Gwalior in October 2017. They were selected under the Rising Stars Category at Udbhav Festival which led to their selection for Bishkek.
Udbhav Festival is an international event held annually in Gwalior. 15 dance troupes from eight states of India and 10 local teams participated from Sri Lanka, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal and South Korea.
On the occasion, Principal Rupa Chakravarty said: “It is an honour to represent India at such a prestigious forum. India being a cradle of various civilizations, is an epitome of diversity. Such events are a great platform to showcase the cultural heritage. It will also go a long way in sensitizing our children towards preserving our cultural values.” 
“It was a one- of- a- kind experience to represent India at a global forum. Such opportunities come once in a lifetime and it was an honour to showcase the cultural diversity of India. I am thankful to Suncity School for giving me this opportunity,” said Ananya Punia, a Class VII student of Suncity School. 
“I am honoured to represent India at this international stage. It was even more heartening that our performance was appreciated by all,” said Maahi Kapoor, another student of Suncity School.
Didhivi Ganesh, a student of Suncity School said: “It was a wonderful experience to represent India at an international event. This is the first time that I ever participated at an international forum and this will remain an unforgettable experience for me.”
The city of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan recently commemorated its 140th anniversary by a carpet of flowers, carnival and fireworks.