Thursday, January 28, 2010

There is a need for reforms in realty: KP Singh

NEW DELHI: Even as the domestic economy is showing clear signs of a pickup, the Indian real estate sector is not out of the woods yet as oversupply of residential and commercial projects will continue to haunt realtors for the next 12-18 months, DLF Limited chairman KP Singh said.

Talking to ET after being awarded the Padma Bhushan, Mr Singh said that the sector will witness consolidation and some players (fly-by-night-operators) may go down under as part of a normal business cycle. “I feel overwhelmed by a deep sense of gratitude and humility. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the Government of India for this great honour and for recognising my lifetime work. I consider it a tribute to all those who have supported us in the mission of building a new India. This is recognition for the entire housing and construction industry”, he said on receiving the honour.

While appreciating the government for not allowing the liberal flow of funds in the real estate sector, Mr Singh said that the government needs to give importance to this sector as it is one of the largest employment generators and is considered a major engine of growth. “For growth of India, realty is an important sector as it contributes substantially to the GDP and is also one of the biggest employment generators,” he said.

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