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Hindujas to foray into real estate in India

The Hinduja Group, with a global presence in core sectors like oil and gas, automotive, power, IT, banking and finance, on Sunday announced a major foray into the real estate sector in India involving an investment of up to USD 15 billion. Just back from a visit to India, the Group Chairman S P Hinduja said here that the Indian economy ‘with its underlying strengths could become a beacon of hope in an otherwise bleak global environment.’

 The group has acquired a landbank of over 3,500 acres in metros like Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore for development of integrated residential and commercial townships, SEZs, with hospitality, healthcare and related facilities, he said.

These projects will involve an investment of USD 10 billion to USD 15 billion over the next five years, according to Hinduja.

The group was also looking at a portfolio of 10,000 MW in the power sector in the medium-term, he said. Implementation of a 1000 MW project is already under progress, Hinduja said.

Expressing optimism over the state of the Indian economy, Hinduja said its fundamentals remained strong and it has the potential to bounce back to high growth of 8 to 9 per cent per annum.

‘The slowdown currently experienced by the economy is largely due to external conditions and not, as a section of the business community and media say, by coalition politics, lack of leadership, corruption etc,’ he said.

Hinduja said that the ruling and opposition parties in India were united in their resolve to reverse the present deceleration of growth momentum and make India more competitive in the global economy.
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