Real Estate leaders raised concern over the rising cost of construction-related materials

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  • Rising cost of cement, steel push up construction cost up by 40% – 50% in state
  • CREDAI Bhubaneswar Foundation urges State Govt to take proactive steps to resolve the issue

Bhubaneswar(Kalinga Voice) : The Real Estate Sector, which has already been hit by the coronavirus pandemic, is being pushed into a crisis due to the steep hike in the cost of sand, cement and steel, and transportation costs etc.

Discussing on the issue, Sri Kantilal Patel, President, CREDAI Bhubaneswar Foundation said, Real Estate is one of the major sectors which was badly hit by the Covid Pandemic and subsequent Lockdown which resulted to labour migration, shortage of raw material, and affected the selling of the units. Now post Pandemic when the industry is trying to normalise its operation, the rise in the price of the materials like steel, cement, sand etc putting a big hurdle. The price of steel, was between Rs 43000/- and Rs 48000/- .in 2020, now ranges between Rs 58000/- and Rs 65000/- , a tonne. The corresponding rates for cement, which ranged from Rs 200/-  to Rs 250/- .for a 50kg bag, now costs between Rs 300/-  and Rs 350/-.

Similarly, the cost of all other materials apart from Cement & Steel used in construction such as  Tiles, Electrical materials, Fabrication materials,  Painting materials, Plumbing & Sanitary materials have also increased and an additional burden of about Rs 800/- to Rs1000/- .per sft. was being borne by the builders and this was resulting in a steep increase in the final cost of the flat and causing burden on the consumers.

The cost of construction has increased by 40 – 50% in Odisha. The builders have worried as they would have to bear the extra cost amounting to nearly Rs 8 lakh to Rs10 lakh per unit if the cost escalation were to be borne by them in view of the RERA rules.

Raising the concern on the issue, Er Umesh Patnaik, General Secretary, CREDAI Bhubaneswar Foundation said, The Real Estate players are facing problems from all direction. Starting from price hike, shortage of  labour, delays in the issue of various clearances due COVID Pandemic situation , leading to delays in the completion of housing projects and resulting in cost escalation. In recent time the transportation price is also hiked due to increase of Fuel Prices. The increase in petrol/diesel prices has a major effect on material prices as there is a increase in  transportation cost.

As the builders have already entered into an agreement with the buyers under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), they are clueless as to what to do. For new projects, the increase in prices can be passed on to the buyers but it may not be possible for already existing agreements under the RERA.

The industry is now facing blow with the steep rise in cost of construction. So, the government should take proactive steps to resolve the issue at the earliest.

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