Virwani said the work is in progress to develop around 7 million sq ft of warehousing and industrial spaces.
Asked about the investments, he said, “We will be infusing $250-300 million to complete these ongoing projects.” Virwani said the demand for Grade-A warehousing spaces has gone up with the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST).
E-commerce and third-party logistics firms are the main drivers of this demand, said Virwani, who is also the chief operating officer (COO) of the realty firm Embassy group.
The demand from automobile companies
has taken a hit because of the slowdown in the automobile industry, he said, but added that this would not have much impact on overall leasing activities.
According to the property consultant, the leasing of warehousing spaces went up by 31 per cent to over 13 million sq ft across eight major cities in the first half of 2019.
Elaborating on its various projects, Virwani said the Embassy Industrial Parks has 52 acres land at Chakan, Pune with 1.1 million sq ft of development potential.
It has 24 acres with 600,000 sq ft area in Bilaspur and 108 acres with 3 million sq ft of development potential in Farrukhnagar.
In Sriperumbudur, the company has 198 acres with 2.7 million sq ft of development potential. About 63 acres are offered as plotted development. Around 60 acres land is in Hosur with 1.3 million sq ft of development potential. In Kothur, Hyderabad, it has 45 acres of land with 1.31 million sq ft capacity.
In 2015, Embassy and Warburg Pincus entered into a joint venture to form Embassy Industrial Parks. Embassy Industrial Parks in its projects provides amenities like rest areas for drivers, dormitories, round the clock canteen, first aid centers, 24/7 security coverage, an excellent fire fighting system, and ample parking space.
Founded in 1993, Embassy Group
is one of India’s largest real estate conglomerates with a broad portfolio of over 54 million sq ft of prime commercial, residential and industrial space in India. Embassy and Blackstone launched India’s first real estate investment trust earlier this year.