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Capital housing project to be money-spinner for govt

Capital housing project to be money-spinner for govt
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The proposed commercial housing in capital city may turn a moneyminting project for APCRDA AP Capital Region Development Authority and the state government The APCRDA is planning to take up 1st phase of construction of the apartments for the commercial purpose in capital city Amaravati soon

Amaravati: The proposed commercial housing in capital city may turn a money-minting project for APCRDA (AP Capital Region Development Authority) and the state government. The APCRDA is planning to take up 1st phase of construction of the apartments for the commercial purpose in capital city Amaravati soon.

Though the state government is claiming that the apartments will be auctioned ‘no loss no profit’ basis and the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had suggested that the prices of apartments should be affordable, a detailed project report has been prepared to make profits through the commercial apartments project.

The state government has decided to build 1,000 flats (apartments) for commercial purpose in an extent of 10 acre. The total built-up area would be 17.20 lakh sq ft. The government proposed these apartments keeping the housing needs of government employees in mind. The APCRDA is reportedly roping in a property consultant to assist in the end-to-end sale of apartments in capital city.

According to sources in municipal administration department, the APCRDA has reportedly submitted a report to the government recently on commercial housing project explaining the details of estimated cost, estimated revenue and estimated surplus.

The sources said that the CRDA has planned to build 400 units of 1,280 sqft each, 400 units of 1,580 sq ft each, 100 units of 1,880 sq ft each and another 100 units of 2,150 sq ft built-up area each flats. It is estimated that the construction cost of each sqft of built up area would be Rs 3,000. But it is planning to sell the apartments at Rs 3,500 per sq ft.

A senior official told The Hans India, on condition of anonymity, that the estimated unit cost for 1,285 sq ft is Rs 38.55 lakh (exclusive of taxes) and it is planning to sell the same at Rs 45 lakh. The cost of apartment of 1,580 sq ft is estimated to be Rs 47.40 lakh and the same may be sold at Rs of Rs 55.50 lakh.

The 1,880 sq ft of flat was proposed to sell at Rs 66 lakh as against the actual cost of Rs 56.55 lakh. The actual cost of apartment of 2,150 sq ft is estimated at Rs 64.50 lakh and the same was proposed to be sold for Rs 75.50 lakh.

The APCRDA is contemplating to take up the construction of 264 units under the first phase at an estimated cost of Rs 123 crore. It is expected that the government would get revenue of Rs 142 crore from the 264 flats of commercial apartments.

However, the price of Rs 3,500 per sq ft set by the government has surprised even builders. A senior functionary of CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India) said that as the land price in capital city area is around Rs 15,000 per yard, the cost of a 1,200 sq ft apartment (flat) may not exceed Rs 25 lakh.

He also said that in Vijayawada city, apartments are available with a 1,200 sq ft at a price between Rs 45 lakh to Rs 55 lakh based on the location. “We sold an apartment of 2,000 sq ft plus 100 sq ft of car parking for Rs 73 lakh in Kanuru a few days ago,” he said. He also said they sell apartment with fully furnished, but the customers need to spend at least Rs 500 per sq ft in addition to the price of Rs 3,500 per sq ft for those apartments that would be built by the government.

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