Real Estate Chandigarh

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20 May 2007

Factors like infrastructure, cost of living & operating costs attract firms

Kochi, Chandigarh and Nagpur have emerged as the top three IT/ITES commercial real estate destinations among Tier III cities in India, says a recently released report by property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle.

While Chandigarh Properties has seen Dell and Infosys set up offices there, Nagpur is today home to Persistent Systems, Lambent Tech and Infospectrum.

Kochi leads the race with companies like OPI, TCS, Wipro, NEST, IBS and US Software having set up base in the commercial capital of Kerala.

Says Abhishek Kiran Gupta, senior manager, research, Jones Lang LaSalle and the author of the report, “Some of these cities such as Kochi and Nagpur have a number of colleges and institutions imparting professional education and with the overall high literacy rates, Kochi (94%) and Nagpur (88%) may provide larger english-speaking talent pool suitable for the IT/ITES businesses.”

Some of the other IT/ITES companies who have set shop in Tier III cities include Patni Computers Systems (Ahmedabad), CSC (Indore), Genpact (Jaipur), HSBC (Vizag), Cognizant Tech (Coimbatore), TCS and Tata Tech (Lucknow) and Infosys and Wipro (Mysore).

Other factors that may be considered to evaluate cities for business location attractiveness include infrastructure support, governance, cost of living, quality of life and operating costs. Some of these cities such as Kochi, Ahmedabad and Jaipur, by virtue of historically being regional commercial hubs and possessing relatively mature real estate markets, entail higher real estate costs compared with the cities of Chandigarh and Nagpur.”The cost of skilled IT/ITES manpower is relatively higher in Kochi and Nagpur compared with other Tier II locations though availability could depend upon the type of skill sets required by respective businesses,” says Gupta.

Further, the report also says that the services sector is the largest and the fastest growing sector in India today.

“India and its real state sector have been on a high growth curve since the beginning of this decade. The average growth in real GDP over the last six years has been 7.1% and as per government estimates, is expected to grow stronger to 9.2% in 2007,” it said.

The services sector maintained its growth momentum and expanded in real value terms by 10.3% over the last year, contributing to more than 60% of the 2006 GDP composition, the report added.

The advantage that Tier III cities have is cost arbitrage, opportunities for off-shoring facilities, although profiles vary across locations. IT/ITES giants like Wipro, Satyam, Infosys, IBM, Microsoft and Genpact have already established their presence in many Tier III cities across India.

Other cities such as Mysore, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Visha-khapatnam, Indore and Baroda are also on the radar of IT/ITES, creating a wide array of choices for entry or expansion location within India.


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