The new tax regime is expected to usher in an era of improvement in warehousing infrastructure; the country may also witness the emergence of new feeder/warehousing spoke locations
The goods and services tax (GST) and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are soon going to be a reality in India. These, coupled with a growing demand for quality warehouses by the industry, are expected to lead to an increase of Grade-A and Grade-B warehousing stock across the country in the next few years.
Last year, the total stock of Grade-A and Grade-B reached 111.9 mn sq ft, compared with 96.8 mn sft in 2015, an addition of 16 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y). Through 2017, the stock is expected to increase by another 18 per cent to 132.5 mn sq ft. Out of the total 111.9-mn sq ft warehousing stock in 2016, the Grade-A stock was 32.9 mn sq ft, while the remaining was Grade-B stock.
In terms of y-o-y increase, the Grade-A stock in 2016 rose 27 percent, compared with the more modest 11 per cent increase in Grade-B stock. The corresponding figures for 2017 are expected to be 29 per cent and 14 per cent, respectively. This not only shows a growing stock of organized warehouses in the country but also a growing preference for Grade-A warehousing space.
Kolkata, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad have smaller stocks of warehousing space. Except for Pune and Chennai, all other cities have a bigger Grade-B warehousing stock than Grade-A.
Moreover, the difference between these two stocks is glaring in Delhi-NCR and Mumbai. In terms of highest Grade-A and Grade-B warehouse rentals, Pune and Chennai lead the way due to proximity to manufacturing hubs and local market dynamics. These two cities are followed by the bigger metros of Mumbai and Delhi-NCR. Other cities such as Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Hyderabad have lower rentals for both Grade-A and Grade-B warehouses.
The warehousing, manufacturing and logistics sectors will benefit the most from the implementation of GST in India, and the new tax regime will also usher in an era of upgradations in the warehousing infrastructure. While the existing eight cities mentioned above are expected to retain their leading positions after GST rollout, India will also witness the emergence of at least 12 new feeder/warehousing spoke locations.
Source: The Indian Express
Under Construction Flat Booking Finds Tax Deduction Under Time Constraints
If a buyer makes a transaction to book an under-construction flat and if he acquires it within the three-year period of the sale of his old house, then he is entitled to a tax deduction, says a ruling from the Mumbai bench of the Income-tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT). If an apartment is booked in an under construction project than it must be viewed as a method of constructing residential tenements, says the December 18 judgment.
That means if the buyer uses the entire gain from the transaction to buy another house within two years or construct another house within three years. The two- and three-year period applies even if the buyer bought another house a year before selling the first one. But the property should have been bought in the name of the seller.
It is mandatory that within a period of two years after or one year before the date of transfer of old house, the taxpayer should construct a residential house or acquire another residential house within a period of three years from the date of transfer of the old house. The date of receipt of compensation will determine the period of acquisition or construction in a case of compulsory acquisition.
This exemption is effective and can only be claimed in respect of one residential house property purchased/constructed in India. In the case of multiple house purchases or constructions, the exemption under section 54 will be available in respect of one house only. Any purchases made outside the country does not fall under any kind of exemption. Section 54 gives relaxation in such cases by providing relief to the taxpayer who sells his residential house and acquires another residential house from the gained capital.
After the sale of an asset, the difference between the buying price and the selling price is a capital gain or a capital loss. These are further classified as long-term or short-term. If a property is held for 24 months or less, with effective from 2017-18, then that asset is treated as Short Term Capital Asset. Then an investor can make
treated as Long Term Capital Asset. Then only a Long Term Capital Gain (LTCG) or Long Term Capital Loss (LTCL) can be made on that investment.
ITAT agreed that booking of a new flat in an under-construction apartment should be considered as a case of “construction” and not “purchase”, hence following the earlier decisions of the Bombay high court and the tribunal itself. Further ITAT allowed the fact that the construction can began prior to the date of sale of the old asset. Same was stated in the earlier judicial decisions of the Karnataka high court and Ahmedabad ITAT, that the date of commencement is not relevant but it is the completion of construction that comes in relevance to section 54.
Nagpur One Of The Big Potential Cities For Affordable Housing
According to a report released by CREDAI Nagpur is among 45 potential cities that are projected to drive the demand for affordable housing. The ‘Dawn of India’s Future Cities’ report was released at the two-day New India Summit organized by CREDAI in the city.
As per the press release issued by CREDAI, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kochi, Bhopal, and Ahmedabad are some of the other main cities included in the list of 45 cities. The New India Summit will focus on the opportunities in Tier II and III cities of India.
As per the release, “Driven by investments in infrastructure, affordable housing, skilled workforces, these cities can potentially see accelerated growth in the manufacturing, tourism and warehousing sectors, and emerge as India’s new megacities”.
The release further added that the study based its findings on key parameters such as socio-economic momentum, enhanced connectivity infrastructure and high-value indicators. With a sharp-focus on real estate, it identified areas of opportunities for developers while reiterating the impact of regulatory changes on the sector.
The study suggested that the country needs new cities to augment its growth. Initiatives such as ‘100 Smart Cities’ and the Urban Rejuvenation Scheme — AMRUT— will provide emerging cities with a blueprint for becoming the next flagbearers of development in India.
“India’s demographic capabilities bring a huge opportunity to match the world’s economic superpowers. This opportunity also brings with it challenges such as developing new urban centres,” said Jaxay Shah, CREDAI’s national president.
Geetamber Anand, CREDAI’s chairman added, “The Nagpur summit will help builders gauge the opportunities in smaller centres. The Tier I cities are already overcrowded There is a clear need for new cities to be developed as the growth engines of the country”.
Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari also addressed the meet through video conferencing.
CREDAI New India Summit
CREDAI is the apex body that represents over 12,000 private Real Estate developers spread across 23 state-level chapters and 177 cities in India. Established in 1999, CREDAI has worked hard to make the industry more organized and progressive by networking closely with Government representatives, policymakers, investors, finance companies, consumers and real estate professionals.
The New India Summit is another such effort from CREDAI to direct focus on Tier II, III and IV cities and develop them to be the forerunners of success. CREDAI New India Summit is all set to unleash the potential of an emerging India. This one small step has the power to give way to a new India.
For the longest time, our leaders and foresighted influencers have put all their time and energy in developing the Tier I cities namely Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. No doubt, these cities have really changed the way people look at India today. These cities are the epitome of advanced technology and modern culture. But they also face challenges due to the grave pressure of urbanization. Decreasing quality of life, increasing the cost of living, overpopulation and unemployment, increase in transit time and traffic congestion, expensive housing, hospitality, education and healthcare facilities are some of the issues that all the Tier I cities face today.
According to a report, smaller cities are developing 79% faster as compared to metros with just 21%. Our of the 12,000 CREDAI members, 76.77% of them are from Tier II, III and IV cities. Looking at the scenario, it is only innate to divert the energies in developing the areas which still have potential. Thus, offering a good quality life to people in those cities itself and taking the pressure off of the Tier I cities.
The Forbes Magazine has said small cities are India’s emerging business locations. The government has also been putting dedicated efforts into schemes that directly benefit the growth of Tier II, III and IV cities. Sustainable economic development, improving infrastructure and transportation, increasing employment opportunities, and introducing technologies for rapid urbanization are some of the prime agendas that the government has been taking actions on.
The CREDAI New India Summit will take place on the 9th and 10th November 2017 in Nagpur, Maharashtra.
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