The government is likely to announce more measures for affordable housing going forward, said Sharad Mittal, head - Real Estate, Motilal Oswal Investment Advisors, adding that "given the magnitude of challenge the sector is facing", the FM's announcement is "a very small step towards resolving it".
The government has unveiled the 3rd round of measures to boost the economy with sops to boost affordable housing. The Centre has created a special window to provide last-mile funding requirements for housing projects which are stuck due to lack of funding. Rs 10,000 crore will be contributed by the government to fund the stuck projects.
“Creation of stressed fund for completion of the stuck project is a welcome move. I am looking at it from a perspective that we have policymakers who are open to feedback and engagement and take corrective measures," said Mittal in an interview with CNBC-TV18.
“If you see the direction, which the government is taking or the policy action that is happening, it is all around affordable housing. They have been very consistent over a period of the last six years of bringing in various measures to boost affordable housing. So I would say, luxury or Delhi or Bombay kind of a market would have some more time to come back with some positive news but I would focus on affordable housing as a big theme and I believe there will be more sops that can come in over a period of time,” he said.
According to him tight liquidity, lack of demand and high inventory are the three challenges for the real estate sector.
“I would say the bigger risk is a liquidity logjam. There is absolute liquidity freeze for real estate developers for the last one year. Given that the non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) crisis continues to be there, I would say that is one big risk that the government needs to address,” said Mittal, adding that one-time restructuring window can be a solution to overcome this issue.
Speaking about debt-unwinding, he said, “The debt unwinding in this sector will take anything between three and five years. The way we are going, it would lead to consolidation. These large developers will be eventually net beneficiary of the crisis that we are facing but before we reach that point, the unwinding will take a toll on the entire sector and we will have to go through that pain over a period of next couple of years.”