Apartment sizes shrink in 7 major cities in 5 years
The average sizes of apartments promoted by the developer community have shrunk in all major cities in the country over the last five years as promoters have been making efforts to fit their projects into the “affordable housing” bracket.
In percentage terms, the drop is maximum in Bengaluru (21%), where the average apartment area has reduced from 1,750sqft to 1,375sqft. Pune recorded a 19% fall, NCR 17%, Mumbai Metropolitan Rrea (MMR) 17% and Chennai 15%, says a report by Anarock Property Consultants.
With a view to ensuring housing for all by 2022, the Union government has gone the extra mile to make things happen. Still, the developer community is nowhere near fulfilling the affordable housing demand in the country as most of them are not catering to the needy, says the study. “Unfortunately, what we have seen so far is more marketing hype than genuinely affordable housing,” said Anarock chairman Anuj Puri.
The term affordable is being misused by most developers to show that they align with the ‘housing for all’ mission, he said. Going by the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation’s definition, dwelling units between 300sqft and 500sqft valued at less than `5 lakh are affordable for the economically weaker sections. The numbers change for the low income group (LIG) and middle income group (MIG). RBI’s norms to qualify for incentives meant for affordable housing say the dwelling unit should not cost more than Rs 45 lakh in metros and not more than Rs 30 lakh in non-metros. Out of 22,120 dwelling units launched in the second quarter of 2018 in the top seven cities, only 46% qualified for the affordable housing segment, he said. Of them, 6,530 units were priced at less than Rs 20 lakh per unit and the remaining were between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 40 lakh, he said. Between the first and second quarter this year, there was a 100% increase in supply in the affordable housing.