Visions of ecopolis
You are known for your construction quality. What are some of the construction technologies adopted to assure superior construction?
We use L&T Doka formwork systems to achieve greater shuttering speed. This advanced system helps us reduce the number days required for RCC work by around 10 days. The concrete used in all our construction is made in our in-house RMC plant. This helps us supervise each and every step in the process thoroughly, and help build a sustainable building. Concealed plumbing mechanism is used to help achieve good quality with minimum wastage of time. Chemical treatment waterproofing is done forgetter construction quality. AAC (autoclaved aerated concrete) blocks, which are environmental-friendly and reduces the heat factor in the buildings, are used in our construction. All our specifications are environmental-friendly and user-friendly, which has got us IGBC norms rating.
The employment opportunities in Pune have led to it becoming a hub for residential demand.How do you see demand for housing here in terms of types of demand?
Pune is no longer the small city whose only claim to fame was its proximity to the country’s financial capital, and whose real estate market survived on rural demand emerging from the hinterlands of Maharashtra. Today, the perfect blend of its manufacturing and service sectors make Pune a standalone economic powerhouse in all aspects, with a rate of job generation that is hard to match. Thanks to various socio-economic factors, real estate in Pune grew through leaps and bounds in the past decade. New age developers have transformed the dynamics of real estate business in the city forever. Rapid residential and commercial development, industrialisation and IT boom has enabled the city to expand to new locations such as Hinjewadi, Baner, Talegaon, Pimpri, Undri, Kharadi, Hadapsar and many more locations around the periphery of Pune. Positive election results, higher salary growth of IT/ITeS employees, and clear intention of the new government to bring back the economy back on track, seem to have induced a positive change in the home buyer sentiment.
Today, luxury has become the new housing paradigm. There has been a continuous demand for top-end residential spaces over the past two decades. The swift development in Indian economy and the resulting increase in disposable income have led people to acquire a taste for luxury. Rising investment interest by NRI’s in Indian real estate market, rapid urbanisation and penetration of high-networth-individuals (HNIs) category in India are various reasons responsible for this increasing trend. The growth and demand for luxury housing seems optimistic in Indian market at present and in near future. Also, it is observed that an annual sale of luxury housing segment is expected to grow at phenomenal rate in next few years, as there is constant up-gradation of consumer’s standard of living and purchasing power.
Tell us a little about your current and upcoming projects in residential and commercial space.
Currently we have 29 ongoing residential projects with 25 underway in Pune, Maharashtra, one in Goa and the remaining four in Bengaluru. Marvel, in the last six months, has launched four major projects in Pune – namely Marvel Basilo, Marvel Kyra, Marvel Izara and Marvel Piazza. The commercial projects are in various stages of development in Viman Nagar, NIBM Road, Lulla Nagar and Magarpatta, and will offer over one million sq-ft of world-class commercial space for 21st century businesses – commercial and retail.
What are some of your capex plans for the current fiscal and next?
Our capital expenditure for the current financial year is Rs 20 crore which is expected to go up to Rs 30 crore in the next fiscal. We use robust multidimensional modeling and integrated workflow that help reduce errors, improve control and increase accountability. A variety of justification methodologies such as payback period, internal rate of return, and net present value are used. We use planning to manage project forecasting. We have the project managers involved, working directly with finance, to input their forecast. We roll all this up to make sure that we have the cash for capital expenditures, making them more accountable.
Considering that the Supreme Court has announced a policy of open-to-sky in every development, how will it impact developers?
Open and green spaces are important for people’s health. We have to protect the shrinking green spaces. As many of our projects are developed on bigger plots, we make sure not just 15-20% of open space, but more space is utilised for green development. One such example is our project Marvel Izara at NIBM, where we have kept majority of the contours intact. We also have an in-house dedicated department who looks after the green initiatives in our projects.
Considering that the market for real estate is seeing a lull, what are some of the innovations that developers or the government can do to push for growth?
Unlike other cities, Pune’s real estate market has been pretty resilient. Thereafter, a series of incremental reforms and announcements made by the new government augmented the feel-good factor across India, which benefits Indian industry as well as the real estate sector. Regarding the luxury segment, we are upbeat about the response that ultra-luxury housing continues to evoke in Pune and are launching projects with the consideration that luxury knows no recession. However as real estate developer, we are hoping that the upcoming Union Budget is a progressive one for the entire real estate sector and brings cheer to the developers.