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1.74 lakh flats completely stalled in 7 cities, Delhi-NCR tops the list: Report

In its research, Anarock has taken into account only those housing projects that were launched in 2014 or before.

Including both stalled and delayed units, the consultant said the total number reached to 6,28,630 homes worth 5,05,415 crore across seven cities — Delhi-NCR, Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata.

Given the huge funding crunch in the construction industry, Anarock said the outlook for people who bought units in completely stalled projects is “disastrous”, while the prospects for buyers in heavily delayed projects are “bleak at best”.

Prashant Thakur, director and head (research) at Anarock, said: “As of H1 2021-end, we have nearly 6.29 lakh units that are yet to be completed across the top-seven cities.”

Anarock said the overall value of the 1.74 lakh homes that are totally stuck across the seven top cities currently exceeds 1,40,613 crore.

In a city-wise break-up, the Delhi-NCR property market has maximum stalled stock of 1,13,860 units (approximate value 86,463 crore) or 66% of the total across the top-seven cities.

The MMR has 41,730 units that are completely stalled (approximate value 42,417 crore) or 24% of the total affected stock.

Pune, the other major western market, has 9,990 stalled units worth 5,854 crore.

In the southern cities, Chennai has no stalled projects.

Bengaluru has 3,870 stalled units worth 3,061 crore, while Hyderabad has 4,150 such units valued at about 2,727 crore.

Kolkata has mere 150 stalled units (valued at about 91 crore).

Anarock noted that the Special Window for Affordable and Mid-Income Housing (SWAMIH) fund has come to the rescue of several projects, while state-owned NBCC has also ‘adopted’ some others specifically in NCR.

Talking about both stalled and delayed projects, Anarock said: “Altogether, approx 6.29 lakh homes are either completely stalled or languishing under heavy delivery delays across the top-seven cities.”

At least 71% (about 4.49 lakh) of these delayed or stuck units fall within the price-sensitive 80 lakh budget range. Just 18% fall in the premium segment, and another 11% in the luxury category.

“Launched in 2014 or before, the total value of the currently stuck/delayed housing stock exceeds 5.05 lakh crore. Nearly 28% (about 1,73,730) of these units are completely stalled,” it said.

Including both completely stalled and delayed units, the NCR has a whopping 3,28,600 such units worth 2,49,540 crore.

The total value of stalled and delayed units in the MMR stands at 1,49,620 worth 1,52,105 crore, while Pune has 50,130 units valued at 29,390 crore.

Bengaluru has 41,780 stalled and delayed units worth 33,080 crore.

Chennai has 11,430 units (only delayed units and no stalled) worth 11,530 crore.

Hyderabad has 17,960 stalled and delayed units valued at 11,810 crore.

Kolkata has 29,110 stalled and delayed units worth 17,960 crore.

Anarock pointed out that the NCR has overtaken MMR with a 52% share of the stuck/delayed stock, the highest in the top-seven cities.

The MMR property market reduced its overall share with several projects getting completed in the last year. Currently, it has 28% of the total affected stock.

Homebuyers in Delhi-NCR have been worst affected with several builders including Jaypee Infratech, Unitech, Amrapali, and The 3C Company, defaulting in their promises to deliver their projects.

Flat owners have approached different courts in a bid to protect their investments.

Mumbai-based Anarock clocked an 18% growth in its revenue at  302 crore in the last fiscal despite the COVID-19 pandemic, its chairman Anuj Puri had told PTI in April.

Puri had said the firm sold 14,700 units worth  16,240 crore on behalf of developers in the financial year 2020-21.

The brokerage of primary residential properties contributes maximum to its revenue, followed by consultancy services in office, retail, hotels, warehousing and data centre, among others.

It has offices across major cities in India and a few in the UAE with a total headcount of around 2,000.

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