India’s biggest land deals

Published: August 20, 2009

DLF, India’s largest real estate developer, has emerged as the sole bidder for the 350.71-acre land parcel in Gurgaon put up for auction by HSIIDC. With a reserve price of Rs 1,700 crore, it’s said to be one of the largest land deals in India in terms of value.

Mega land deals, however, are not new to the Indian real estate industry which has already witnessed many such deals in the past few years, particularly during the property boom of recent years. We take a look at some of them:

In March 2008, BPTP outbid DLF for a tract of land in Noida near Delhi with a Rs 5,000-crore offer.

BPTP quoted the highest sum for the site — Sector 94 running along the Noida and Greater Noida Expressway — bidding at Rs 1,30,207 per square metre, followed by the country’s largest realty company DLF which quoted Rs 1,17,000 per square metre and Omaxe at Rs 80,100 per square metre.

BPTP’s winning bid was nearly 70 per cent more than the reserve price of Rs 2960 crore for the land parcel. But the deal was called off after BPTP failed to arrange funds to complete the deal.

Unitech in 2007 acquired 1,750 acres of land in Visakhapatnam from APIIC at over Rs 3,300 crore. At Rs 52 lakh per acre, it was among the largest deals in the country in terms of the acreage from a single source in a single deal.

The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) had invited bids to develop the land for the Integrated Vizag Knowledge City.

Dubai-based Al Hamra Real Estate Development LLC had also qualified for the bid, but dropped out in the final stage.

The Ahmedabad-based Adani Group in May 2006 finalised India’s one of the largest lands deal with Housing Development and Infrastructure (HDIL) for Rs 2,250 crore to develop a commercial and retail hub in Mumbai’s landmark commercial business district, the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC).

The deal involved the sale and development of over 2.1m sq ft of land (around 48 acres) at BKC.

Unitech had a couple of years back outbid rival DLF Universal to bag the 340-acre city development contract on Noida Expressway with an offer of Rs 1,583 crore.

For the project where 50 per cent land was to be used for open area development and greenery and the rest for residential accommodation, Unitech had bid at the rate of Rs 11,529 per square metre.

DLF had put up a bid of Rs 1,401.46 crore at the rate of Rs 10,200 per square metre, according to media reports.

Reliance Industries in 2006 bid for and won a 7.5-hectare plot at Bandra Kurla Complex, a prime location in Mumbai, for Rs 1,104 crore.

According to media reports, Reliance paid Rs 61 cr per acre to grab the crucial Bandra Kurla convention center deal. The bid was 130-per cent higher than the reserve price of Rs 480 cr.

Source: Economic Times

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