Homing In On Affordable Housing In Shikrapur.Sachin Agarwal, CMD – Maple Shelters

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sachin agarwal1Pune’s rapid growth as a city is constantly pushing the envelope for real estate development. Suburbs that were considered ‘upcoming’ less than two years ago are now established destinations, with increased property price appreciation creating a challenge for budget home seekers. One of the latest entrants of hot new budget homes destinations, Shikrapur in East Pune is one of the few areas that still offer affordability along with good connectivity.
 
In the past, Pune’s eastern corridor along the Nagar road delivered many new locations that became hotbeds of real estate development activity within very short periods. Like Shikrapur, Kharadi and Wagholi were seen as little more than remote industrial regions. Today, these areas have undergone a massive image makeover because of the frenetic economic development along the Nagar Road belt. After the rapid saturation and price escalation seen at Wagholi, affordable home buyers have now turned their sights and hopes on nearby Shikrapur.
 
Projecting no more than five years into the future, we can see Shikrapur’s real estate market seeing the kind of price escalations that have already placed Wagholi beyond the reach of the lower income groups. Land prices will rise, available land parcels will decrease and we will witness the birth of yet another middle-class housing destination with flats costing Rs. 35-50 lakh and above. However, as of today, Shikrapur still offers scope for affordable housing to meet the requirements of its blue-collar industrial workforce.
 
Demand for homes in Shikrapur is primarily driven by the city’s blue collared workforce employed in the Shikrapur-Chakan industrial belt. However, Shikrapur is also located just 20 minutes away from Kharadi, and close to the Pune Airport and Nagar Road’s rapidly expanding retail operations. In addition to the demand from industrial workers, Shikrapur is also a location of natural choice for modestly-salaried people employed at the airport and the various malls along Nagar Road.
 
So far, the growing demand for affordable homes in Shikrapur has largely been addressed by small one-off projects with limited facilities and modern amenities. However, with the entry of Maple Shelters and its affordable housing township Auracity, the demand for budget homes in Shikrapur has seen a quantum shift. This township under Maple Shelters’ popular Aapla Ghar scheme and is now going into its second phase and provides low-income home buyers the option of modern features.
 
As a result, home buyers looking at Shikrapur with modest budgets are not deprived of a comfortable, contemporary and secure lifestyle. Maple Shelters’ Auracity offers 1-2 BHK flats with unit prices not exceeding Rs. 20-25 lakh, making it the ideal option for price-sensitive home buyers in this region.
 
With public transport always being an important criterion for LIG home buyers, the fact that Pune Railway station is a mere 40 minutes’ commute away also adds to Shikrapur’s advantages. Infrastructure initiatives that will benefit Shikrapur include the proposed Ring Road, a four-lane flyover linking Shikrapur to Wagholi and several additional roads that will improve connectivity to other key locations in Pune.
 
About The Author:
 
Sachin Agarwal is CMD of Maple Group (founded in 1997 as Goyal Constructions) whose mission is to provide genuinely affordable housing to the common man without compromising on quality and amenities. Maple Group’s ‘Aapla Ghar’ initiative has seen unprecedented success. The Group now has unique welfare housing projects, other residential projects and commercial projects in 30+ key locations in and around the city of Pune Maharashtra, India.