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Sep 24, 2008 5:36 pm Shriram Properties to mobilise Rs. 650 cr -Plans three new projects in Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad

Ravi Padmanabhan (padmania@gmail.com)
*Plans three new projects in Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad

To develop residential complex in Chennai

Hospitality, retail sector foray proposed
CHENNAI: Shriram Properties, the real estate arm of the Shriram Group, will
be raising another Rs. 650 crore through strategic partners for promoting
projects across the country. The company had earlier raised Rs. 891 crore
through various strategic investors, which were deployed in projects in
Bangalore, Vizag, Kolkata and Chennai.

M. Murali, Managing Director, Shriram Properties, told The Hindu that the
sum of Rs. 650 crore would be used for developing three new projects in
Chennai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. These funds would come from investors, who
would also take a stake in special purpose vehicles (SPV) to be floated to
implement the three projects.

Mr. Murali said for this round of fund-raising, the company was holding
talks with various investors, including a German-based real estate fund Hypo
Real Estate. The investors were also looking at investing into the SPVs that
would be created for each project.

In Chennai, it is proposed to develop a residential complex on 125 acres of
land on the GST Road. Similarly, IT and residential complexes were planned
in Bangalore and Kolkata.

The 125 acres in Chennai would be divided into two projects comprising
budget and premium flats. The company hoped to construct budget apartments,
which would be priced half the value of premium flats, on 20 acres and the
balance would be developed into premium apartments.

Mr. Murali said his company was planning to enter the hospitality and retail
sectors. Shriram Properties and a U.S.-based hotel giant would set up a
chain of budget hotels across the country. Similarly, it was scouting for
international partners for setting up retail malls in Chennai, Vizag,
Kolkata and Bangalore.

Construction of budget housing was also on the cards, he said. At present,
the company had identified Chennai and Bangalore for this project with an
investment of Rs. 150 crore. Each of these cities would have 1,000 units for
which 70-80 acres had been identified.

About *Shriram's SEZ IT Park in Chennai,* he said Phase-I of 8-lakh sq. ft.
had already been completed and the space was occupied by companies
such as *Accenture,
Satyam and Take Solutions*. Phase-II with 10-lakh sq. ft. would be completed
by March 2009.

Work on Phase-III, consisting of 10-lakh sq. ft., would commence by January
2009. The total cost of the project was Rs. 1,200 crore. For the Chennai IT
project, Shriram had equity participation by London-based Sun Apollo, a
private real estate fund provider.

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Our view: It is estimated that this project of Shiram Properties in Chennai would rougly add 1.25 lakh people employed in various companies occupying it.Any good investment around this belt would fetch superior returns in the next few years.

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