Friday, 23 February 2018

Japan’s Sumitomo Enters Indian Realty Sector with $2 billion Gurgaon Projects


Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo Corp today announced USD 2 billion township project in Gurgaon as it forayed into Indian real estate sector in collaboration with local partner Krishna Group.

The 50:50 joint venture, Krisumi Corporation Pvt Ltd will build 5,000 flats, shopping mall, office space and educational institution at 65-acre land in Sector 36-A, Gurgaon abutting the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor's Global City.

The project, which will have a total built-up area of 18-18.5 million square feet, will be developed in phases, the two partners announced at a media round table today.

"I want to create a Japanese city here...The first phase will comprise 1.2 million square feet of
 built-up, consisting of 430-450 apartments and will be completed in 4-5 years," said Ashok                 Kapur,      Chairman, Krisumi Corp.

Krishna Group, a diversified business house with interests in auto components, media, travel, and entertainment seating, owns the 65-acre land parcel where the mini-township will be built, said Kapur, who is also the head of the Group.
"Idea is to create a niche which Indian market had not seen," Kapur said adding the apartment that may cost Rs 1-2.5 crore will have quality and facilities equivalent to those costing Rs 15-20 crore at present. Sumitomo Corp, which has done 300 real estate projects globally, will bring in the expertise and technology for Krisumi City. 
"India's real estate sector is going through an interesting phase. While consumer's expectations have evolved manifold, most of the traditional developers are finding it difficult to effectively cater to all their requirements," said Masahiro Narikiyo, Chairman and MD,
Sumitomo Corp India. Narikiyo said the Tokyo-based group has done projects in Japan, the US, China, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. The company was attracted to India because it "is politically very stable among emerging markets," he said. "It is governed by democracy, the value we can share." Sumitomo Corp has sold over 50,000 (rpt) 50,000 condominiums in Kansai and in the Tokyo metropolitan area over the past 50 (rpt) 50 years. In the office building business, it operates about 3,30,000 square metres of office space in Tokyo and Osaka.
Kapur said the biggest challenge facing the Indian real estate industry today is quality, efficiency, and commitment to timelines, all of which is exactly what Japan is known for.
"Japan is already beyond RERA," he said .. adding that Sumitomo may enter into more such alliances in India later on. The project spread over 65 acres will be developed in 7-8 phases over 10 years. While the first phase with 1.2 million sq ft development will have over 450 apartments, the entire project will offer around 5,000 apartments.
“The biggest challenge facing the Indian real estate industry today is with regard to quality, efficiency and commitment to timelines, all of which are exactly what Japan is known for. We are certain that our partner, Sumitomo Corporation, part of the 400-year-old Sumitomo Group, with their extensive global experience in real estate development shall contribute tremendously in creating projects with endearing value for our clients as well as the local communities around it,” said Ashok Kapur, chairman, Krishna Group.
The joint venture company has got most of the approvals for the first phase, which will be launched later this year. The construction of the first phase of the project is also expected to commence this year.
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