More Land Freed Up For Development Around Mumbai

<p>In response to sharply rising real estate prices around Mumbai, the Maharashtra state government has eased restrictions on land ownership and development, creating more supply to meet the growing demand.</p>
December 2, 2007, 11am PST | Scott Ewart
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"The state assembly Thursday repealed the Urban Land (Ceiling & Regulation) Act, government officials said."

"'This is a revolution as far as Maharashtra is concerned. It will see a paradigm shift in the availability of land, and about 5,000 acres will be freed up in the next six months,' said Niranjan Hiranandani, co-founder of Hiranandani Construction."

"'You will see an affordability segments that we don't see today. There will be a benefit to the common man more than companies in these places. Construction is likely to boom too,' he [Niranjan] said"

"Communist leaders opposed wiping the act off the books, saying freeing up land for private development will benefit only builders, not the common man."

"'The challenge is that land which is freed through the act should be put to development. Often, there are encroachments that take time to clear, and the approval process is slow. Sometimes developers release supply on a calibrated basis to ensure prices don't correct,' pointed out Jai Mavani, head of the real estate practice at KPMG."

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Published on Thursday, November 29, 2007 in Forbes
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