According to a new report by property brokerage firm Anarock, The COVID-19 pandemic is all set to derail the growth momentum of affordable housing in 2020. This will be one of the worst-affected segments. Nearly 6.1 lakh affordable units were under construction across the top seven cities until the lockdown was announced.
This is over 39 per cent of the total 15.62 lakh under-construction units in the top seven cities — the higher share of all budget categories.While the report estimates overall unsold housing inventory to shrink annually by one to three per cent this year, the unsold affordable stock may actually increase by one to two per cent in this period.As on Q1 2020 end, there are more than 2.34 lakh unsold affordable homes in the top seven cities — 36 per cent of the total unsold stock across all budget categories.
“The government’s ‘Housing for All’ push coupled with multiple sops to buyers and developers brought an avalanche of affordable housing projects in India,” said Anuj Puri, Chairman of Anarock Property Consultants.
“As much as 40 per cent of the new supply added across the top seven cities in the past few years was in the affordable segment (units priced at less than Rs 40 lakh each). Resultantly, there is a huge under-construction supply of about 6.1 lakh units in the affordable segment.”