Indian Real Estate Expected To Contribute 11 % In GDP By 2020, Says Union Minister

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    The contribution of the housing sector to the Indian GDP is expected to increase to 11 percent from 5 to 6 percent by 2020. The declaration recently came from Union Minister of State (I/C) Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, who cited the recent JLL report to state that the Indian real estate market is expected to touch USD 180 billion by 2020 and USD 350 billion by 2027.

    The Minister was speaking at the “First Regional Workshop on RERA- a New Era of Transparency and Accountability in Real Estate – Two Years of Implementation and the Forward (Western Region)” in Pune when he made the statement. Addressing the event, Puri claimed that 2016 changed the Indian real estate sector forever owing to the dawn of RERA era, Business Standard reported.

    Declaring that the plight of the home buyers was one of the core objectives of this landmark legislation, the Minister announced that the Real Estate Act fills the existing gap between the Development/Municipal laws and the Apartment Ownership Act, and is intended to regulate transactions.

    Outlining the progress of RERA, Puri added that 28 States / UTs have notified the rules under RERA, except Jammu & Kashmir, 6 North Eastern States (because of land issues) and West Bengal. He declared that all these States have also set up Authorities and so far 31,475 real estate projects and 24,000 real estate agents have been registered under RERA across the country.

    Earlier at the real estate conference organized by CII and CBRE in the capital on Aug.  29, Puri had claimed that although there have been some attempts at tweaking RERA so far as ongoing projects are concerned, RERA mechanism is now being established in states and eventually all projects will get covered by the RERA.

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