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‘US exploring new partnership in smart cities in India’

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India and the US have signed memorandums of understanding to develop three smart cities in Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam.

WASHINGTON: The US is exploring new partnership opportunities for developing more smart cities across India, a top US Commerce Department official said, emphasising that states will play a major role in defining the trajectory of India’s economic development.

“While we continue to promote smart city development efforts in the three US partner cities of Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam, the Department of Commerce is also exploring new partnership opportunities in other smart cities across India,” the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets, Arun Kumar, told PTI.

Kumar, who is also Director General of US and Foreign Commercial Service, said smart cities is one area where the two countries have made a lot of progress over the past several years.

India and the US have signed memorandums of understanding to develop three smart cities in Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam. The US agreed to assist the cities in project planning, infrastructure development, feasibility studies and capacity building.

In nearly three years of being in this position in the Department of Commerce, Kumar said he had the opportunity to see several promising new initiatives taking shape between the US and India during the Obama Administration.

“I am pleased that we have succeeded in standing up the Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) as a valuable platform for government-to-government dialogue on trade and investment matters, and that we have effectively linked it to our private sectors through the US-India CEO Forum,” he said.

“I am also excited about our work with the Indian government in innovation and entrepreneurship, including the launch of the first US-India Innovation Forum in 2016,” he said, adding that this will be a constructive mechanism for facilitating new innovation partnerships between the US and India and discussing overall policy issues that impact entrepreneurship.

Kumar said he is also excited that the US Department of Treasury has signed a terms of reference agreement with the Pune Municipal Corporation to launch a municipal bond for civic projects on pilot basis in Pune.

This will help lay the groundwork for opening up new avenues of infrastructure financing for the city, he said.

“It is evident that India’s states will play a major role in defining the trajectory of India’s economic development,” he said, adding that a number of them have already embarked on land, labour, tax, and other pilot reform programmes.

“Given the Modi administration’s focus on competitive federalism, I see promise in facilitating greater engagement between US and Indian businesses, investors, and public officials at the subnational level,” he said.

Kumar said the US-India travel and tourism market represents a significant opportunity for both the countries’ business communities.

“As we advance our S&CD travel and tourism dialogue, the US and Indian governments will work together and with the private sectors to identify challenges and maximise opportunities to increase travel and tourism between the two countries,” he added.

Kumar said he is thrilled that India is hosting this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit, a global forum which promotes entrepreneurship as a driver for economic growth, social inclusion and secure communities.

“As the host, I believe that India has a unique opportunity to highlight its innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs while engaging with the US on ways it can create a stronger innovation climate,” he said.

Struck by the enormous success of SelectUSA programme, which promotes the US as an investment destination for foreign investors, he said last year, the US established new relationships with organisations such as the Export-Import Bank of India and The Indus Entrepreneurs to enhance its outreach efforts to Indian investors.

“We also hosted large groups of Indian companies at our SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington DC and our Indian Investment Road Show in India,” he said, adding that these efforts resulted in new Indian investments in the US including United Phosphorous in South Carolina and Lacgene in Missouri, which President Obama referenced at last year’s Investment Summit.

As one of the few Indian Americans to serve in top positions in the Obama Administration, Kumar described this as one of the highlights of his professional life.

“As an Indian American with a deep knowledge of both countries, I found myself in a position to be a bridge in advancing our relationship. I would encourage more Indian Americans to step up to public service,” Kumar said.

Source: economictimes.

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Indiabulls Real Estate Acquires A Commercial Building With Leasable Area Of 2.5 Lakh Sq Ft. In Gurgaon

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Indiabulls Real Estate has earned a distinct reputation for building projects that turn spaces into inspiring places, since its inception. Indiabulls Real Estate went on to expand its projects portfolio, with its prime focus on construction and development of residential, commercial & SEZ projects, across major Indian Metro cities. Today Indiabulls Real Estate is ranked amongst the top Real Estate companies with a total Gross Development value of INR 32,189 crores and net worth of INR 5,480 crores as of 2017.

Indiabulls Real Estate has commercial development with a leasable area of 3.15 million sq.ft. under construction. Further, it has a land bank of 1,046 acres and also possesses 2,588 acres of SEZ land at Nasik, Maharashtra. In 2014, the company acquired the prime property, 22 Hanover Square in Central London for Rs.1630 Cr. The group has also been conferred the status of a Business Super brand by the brand council Superbrands, India. Indiabulls Real Estate is known for its successful delivering of superior products, services to its customers, partners and shareholders.

Indiabulls Real Estate is planning to acquire a large commercial building with a leasable area of 2.5 lakh sq ft in Gurgaon.

To acquire this large area of prime and newly constructed commercial building, Indiabulls Real Estate’s wholly-owned subsidiary has entered into a definitive and a binding agreement. A BSE filing by the Indiabulls reveals that, the deal has an expectancy period of four months, mainly after receiving the Occupation Certificate of the building. Although the name of the seller and deal value was not disclosed.

With many leading multi-nationals operating in the vicinity, makes it a developed prime commercial location. Equipped with an additional leasable area, the company expects to enhance its annuity revenue to Rs 1,450 crore in FY 20-21 from the rental properties portfolio of Indiabulls Real Estate.

With its expansion spree, Indiabulls Real Estate, is counting on the revival in the real estate market in Gurgaon for making its project a success. The commercial realty market is witnessing a strong demand in Gurgaon. So Indiabulls Real Estate is looking forward to set up a state of the art business park in Gurgaon, which would be able to draw reputed corporates and MNCs. As some big-ticket commercial space rentals and deals are expected to be finalized in this space.

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Adani’s Bandra-Kurla Complex Project To Be Taken Over By Shapoorji Arm For Rs 2,000 Crore

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Shapoorji Pallonji Investment Advisors which is an investment arm of conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji Group is set to acquire a commercial project Inspire BKC from Adani Realty in a nearly Rs. 2,000-crore transaction. The project is located in Mumbai’s business district Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), informed two persons familiar with the development.

Shapoorji Pallonji Investment Advisors has emerged as the frontrunner from a total seven shortlisted interested entities including US-based private equity major Blackstone Group and an alliance between Qatar Investment Advisors (QIA) and Bengaluru based realty developer RMZ.  For this over 8 lakh sq ft project Shapoorji Pallonji Investment Advisors has already completed the due diligence process.

One of the people mentioned above said, “The due diligence process for the asset has been concluded recently, and currently the final documentation is going on. The deal is expected to be concluded soon as both the parties have frozen the structure of the transaction.”

The project has recently been completed and the developer is in the process of receiving few civic approvals, following which it will be concluded. Adani Realty is also one of the companies that is working on closing few leasing transactions here.

In one such lease deals, Swiss multinational pharmaceutical major Novartis’ India arm has entered into an agreement to pick up over 1lakh sq ft office space in this commercial project. This was one of the largest front office commercial transactions in terms of space in the Mumbai in 2017.

Shapoorji Pallonji Investment Advisor is also kept in the loop on the progress of space leasing transactions in this commercial project.

In its first-ever real estate related engagement in India in October the global insurance and asset management major Allianz Group teamed up with Shapoorji Pallonji Group to create an investment platform for office properties.

The platform, SPREF II, will be a Singapore-domiciled, rupee-denominated and close-ended fund planning to raise $500 million in equity.

After partnering with the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in 2013 for a platform with an initial target corpus of $200 million this is Shapoorji Pallonji Investment Advisors’ second such tie-up.

The commercial real estate has been registering a healthy growth across prime office markets in past three years.

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Japyee’s Yamuna Expressway Sees A Bidding By Tata Housing And Lodha

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Jaypee Infratech shares saw a jump of nearly 10 per cent in Monday’s trade after some of the major developers like Tata Housing and the Lodha Group, filed initial bids for the debt-laden realtor and road builder.

These two real estate giant have shown their keenness to own Yamuna Expressway, a project by Jaypee Infratech, the fate of which is now being decided at the Supreme Court. Also the other major participant is the country’s dedicated platform for insolvency resolution, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

Being the prime concrete road project, Yamuna Expressway starts at the eastern end of Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and runs up to Agra. A toll of slightly more than Rs 2 per kilometre is being charged by the Yamuna Expressway, for every car. An extensive land bank makes the property’s richest attraction, with facilities that are either proposed or already functioning in the immediate vicinity of the access-controlled motorway.

Yamuna Expressway is one such major structure sharing the connectivity with some of the important landmarks in the state. One such architecture is India’s only operational Formula One racing track, located along the expressway. Another influential attraction is the site of the capital region’s second proposed airport, which is closer to the first toll gate from the Greater Noida end. The motorway shares its vicinity with one of the biggest urban campuses of a state-run university. The mega convention centre hosting the annual Auto Expo is also connected to the Yamuna expressway.

In an anticipating decision in regards to a Supreme Court’s ruling, of barring the promoters of Jaypee group from selling or transferring assets, the Reserve Bank of India has ordered banks not to initiate the bankruptcy proceedings against Jaiprakash Associates. Which is the parent group of Jaypee Infratech.

It all started after the IDBI Bank filed to start insolvency proceedings in August against Jaypee Infratech, causing an appeal by homebuyers resulting into the court ruling. The bidding has seen many responses, but eventually all these initial expressions of interest will boil down to a binding offer. Which is a commitment from an interested party to purchase the assets. These bidders, apart from purchasing the assets, are supposed to infuse around Rs 2,000 crore to complete the projects already taken up by Jaypee Infratech.

Earlier in the August, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Allahabad bench admitted IDBI’s insolvency proceedings against Jaypee Infratech. As Jaypee Group failed to repay its various loans amounting to Rs 526 crore. Anuj Jain has been appointed as the interim resolution professional (IRP) by the NCLT, to carry out proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. But in September, there came a stay on this process by the Supreme Court, after the appeal by Jaypee Infratech homebuyers.

The company’s saw a total debt of Rs 8,300 crore, with an interest overdue of Rs 1,400 crore on last year’s March. Supreme Court will see a resolution plan from the Jaypee group, in order to ensure a debt restructuring process, enabling the group to meet its obligation.

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