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Updated on: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 11:46 PM IST

Housing prices may rise 10-15% if cost of construction material not controlled: CREDAI

The association said the delays in construction caused by lockdowns, curfews and the shortage of labour |

The association said the delays in construction caused by lockdowns, curfews and the shortage of labour |

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Realtors’ apex body CREDAI on Tuesday expressed concern over an increase in the rates of cement and steel during the past one year and said housing prices could rise 10-15 per cent if the prices of construction raw materials do not fall.

The industry body demanded that the government should take measures to control the prices and suggested reduction in GST for construction raw materials.

The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI), which has over 13,000 member developers, pointed out that the prices of construction raw materials have been increasing consistently since January 2020.

Moreover, the association said the delays in construction caused by lockdowns, curfews and the shortage of labour resulted in a direct increase in construction cost anywhere between 10 and 15 per cent in the past 18 months.

Harsh Vardhan Patodia, president, CREDAI National, said, “We have been consistently witnessing a sharp increase in the raw material prices over the last one year and they don't seem to be decreasing or stabilising in the near future.” He said the developers might not be able to absorb escalating costs and will pass on the burden onto homebuyers.

Patodia urged the government and relevant ministries to address this issue and tackle the price rise at the earliest. Credai suggested that the government can permit escalation of prices by allowing a clause in the buyer-seller agreement. “The government may also consider either allowing input tax credit for real estate projects and/or rationalisation of GST on various construction raw materials from their current rates,” it said.

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Published on: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 11:46 PM IST
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