RIL mulls entry into low-cost housing

Reliance Industries (RIL) has now set his eyes on no-frills, low-cost housing. The initiative, still on the drawing board, could be kicked off this year. An RIL official said the company would do large projects and at multiple locations.

“RIL has deep pockets and excellent execution skills. It has executed two large projects like the Jamnagar refinery and the KG-D6 basin in a record time. Another such large project is only obvious for the company to get into,” said a source close to the development.

RIL holds a land bank of 5,000 hectares in Haryana through Reliance Ventures, a subsidiary of RIL created by forming a joint venture with Haryana State Industrial Investment Development Corporation and over 4,840 hectares through the Navi Mumbai SEZ, in association with CIDCO (the Maharashtra government‘s industrial and township development arm).

“Entry of corporate houses like RIL will be good for the market, as it will uplift the real estate sector into an industry. Every business house that enters the sector, be it Godrej, Mahindra, Piramal, Tata and now RIL, will help in making the procedures in the sector more transparent,” said Rajeev Talwar, Group Executive Director, DLF.

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