The Indian construction market is expected to be the world's third largest by 2020. The market is expected to more than double to US$ 649.5 billion by 2020 from US$ 360 billion in 2010. It is currently the fourth-largest sector in the country in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows. FDI in the sector is estimated to grow to US$ 25 billion in 10 years.
Real estate contributed about 6.3 per cent to India's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013. The market size of the sector is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.2 per cent during FY 2008-2020 to touch US$ 180 billion by 2020.
The Government of India has allocated US$ 1.3 billion for Rural Housing Fund in the Union Budget 2014-15. It also allocated US$ 0.7 billion for National Housing Bank (NHB) to increase the flow of cheaper credit for affordable housing for urban poor. The government has allowed FDI of up to 100 per cent in development projects for townships and settlements.
The entry of major private players in the education sector has created vast opportunities for the real estate sector. Emergence of nuclear families and growing urbanisation have given rise to several townships that are developed to take care of the elderly. A number of senior citizen housing projects have been planned, and the segment is expected to grow significantly in future. Growth in the number of tourists has resulted in demand for service apartments. This demand is likely to be on the uptrend and presents opportunities for the unorganised sector.
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