NEW DELHI: Indian real estate market is expected to jump over fivefold to Rs 65,000 crore by 2040 and its share in the country's gross domestic product (GDP) is set to double from the current 7 per cent, NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar said on Friday.
"The government is committed not only to real estate sector but all aspects of it. The government is very conscious and cognisant of what is happening in the sector and how it contributes to the economy," he said while addressing a global luxury realty conclave organised by India Sotheby's International Realty.
Kumar said the recent interim budget has demonstrated that the government would take steps to make sure that the real estate sector grows and develops further so that this industry contributes even more to the economy.
The Centre has offered a lot of tax incentives to developers building affordable houses and also tax sops to homebuyers looking to purchase second homes.
Highlighting the importance of this sector, the NITI Aayog vice-chairman said the real estate sector is contributing 7 per cent to the country's GDP and its share is expected to double by 2040.
The current size of the real estate market is already Rs 12,000 crore and this will grow to Rs 65,000 crore by 2040, he said, adding that the industry employs 55 million people now and this number will rise to 66 million as it grows.
"This sector is heart of the economy. It has backward linkages with 200 other industries," Kumar said.
He also said the real estate sector would contribute more with rapid urbanisation.
Kumar said the two legislations - the goods and services tax and the RERA - implemented by the government would help in organised growth of this sector.
He asked real estate companies to blend best of Indian culture and best of global facility and technologies in their future development of properties.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Embassy group president (Residential Business) Reeza Sebastian said that there is a good demand for completed housing units in all categories including luxury homes.
Tata Housing managing director and chief executive officer Sanjay Dutt said," the demand for luxury houses is slow and this has given an opportunity to better our product portfolio in terms of design and other services".
Colliers International national director Gagan Randev said: "Luxury real estate market has become much more discernible with a preference in most markets for gated communities offering a luxury lifestyle. Developers are differentiating their high end products and this has resulted in success of branded residence."
Gaurs Group MD Manoj Gaur said the luxury housing is looking up and its demand is growing because of a growing number of high networth individuals in the country.
Amit Goyal, CEO of India Sotheby's International Realty, said this is the third edition of global luxury real estate conclave, which provides a platform where all the stakeholders come together to discuss the ever changing luxury property market.
India Sotheby's International Realty is part of the of US-based Sotheby's International Realty, which operates a global network of over 22,000 affiliates with 970 offices across 72 countries, dealing in luxury real estate properties.