Bandra-Worli Sea Link Expected to Boost Real Estate Prices by 10-15 per cent in Surrounding Areas

Published: August 28, 2009

It’s a classic case of infrastructural development boosting real estate prices. The Bandra-Worli Sea Link seems to be doing more than just easing the traffic flow from north and south Mumbai. Experts in the country’s financial capital say that there could be an increase of 10-15 per cent in property rates in surrounding areas. “The Bandra-Worli Sea Link will not only provide relief from the agonising traffic, but will also trigger a major crowd influx, which will affect real estate prices. South Mumbai will have high demand .There are indications of a 10-15 per cent hike in property prices and this may effect connecting areas. Builders who are already selling flats in the area would go for a price correction immediately, says Rajesh Vardhan, managing director, Vardh­aman Group, a Mumbai-based real estate development company. In the same breath, he says it is time for a Nariman Point-Worli sea link as well.

Bandra-Worli Sea Link is a Maharashtra state road development corporation project, constr­ucted by HCC, India’s largest engineering contracting company. The road hangs in between cable-stayed bridges on the two ends namely, the Bandra and Worli Cable-stayed bridges of 500 and 150-metre spans, respectively – with the highest towers soaring to a height of 126 metres, equivalent to the height of a 43-storeyed building. The sea link was opened for general public on June 29. Not everyone, however, shares the same optimism. Shreegopal Maheshwari, broker attached to Mumbai-based Maheshwari & Maheshwari, feels that it is too early to see an impact on property prices. “It is just over a month since the link was inaugurated. We may see the real impact in six months.

Worli Sea face has, however, seen a drop of 10 per cent property prices due to increased traffic in the area,” he said. While the office properties in Mumbai generally continued to fall. “Mumbai continued to remain volatile in terms of rental values. Bandra–Kurla Complex (BKC) corrected by another 20 per cent over the previous quarter to settle at Rs 225 per sq ft/month. The location has also witnessed over 40 per cent correction over June, 2008. This has triggered increased interest in the location from corporate occupiers and approximately 1.41 million sq.ft was leased within this location. With the growing demand for this location, the rentals are expected to remain stable in short to medium term,” said a recent report by Cush­man & Wakefield.

Source: Indian Realty News

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