Housing demand falls 35 percent in smaller cities: Assocham

November 26th, 2008 - 4:39 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) The demand in the housing sector fell by 35 percent in tier-II and tier-III cities in the first half of this fiscal due to the high cost of borrowings, says an assessment by an industry lobby. According to the assessment of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), over 20 million people in about 25 tier-II and tier-III cities, who want to purchase dwelling units, but had to back out on account of rising borrowing costs.

This, in turn, has compelled most real estate developers to defer projects, Assocham said, adding that the rising cost of raw materials like brick, cement and steel has worsened the situation for them.

In tier-II and tier-III cities, property purchases had registered a growth of over 25 percent between April and September last year.

Higher interest rates have also upset payment plans of borrowers, it said.

The chamber’s assessment is based on feedback from real estate members operating in cities such as Chandigarh, Meerut, Pune, Bhopal, Indore and a slew of smaller urban centres across the country.

Developers giving the feedback include Parsvnath, Omaxe, DLF and Unitech.

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