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Founder's Message

Founder
MR M.R. JAISHANKAR
CMD
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We are in the middle of the 2024 parliamentary elections. What the resilient Indian economy needs is a stable government with a vision to make India into a seven trillion dollar economy by 2030, and to give ‘a better quality of life’ to its large masses. By June, we will know who will be in the saddle to lead the country for the next five years.

The huge population of India, what seemed like a curse few decades back, is now being portrayed as a ‘demographic dividend’ with 60% of India’s population below 35 years of age. The growth in GDP and, in turn, increase in per capita income is surely helping millions of Indians to come out of poverty month after month, thereby increasing domestic demand for products and services. PM Modi’s push to increase manufacturing activity through PLI and other schemes is slowly but surely helping create lakhs of blue collar jobs, although Vietnam seems to have over taken India in benefitting from the China Plus One strategy of MNCs.

While the world is chugging along with all the strife in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, one never knows when and what will upset the delicate balance that is making many countries function as if ‘nothing is happening around them’, and everything is ‘bold and beautiful’! Terrorism in dierent forms is the greatest threat to development and existence in the world. Israel’s response to the Palestinian terrorist activities is too severe and tough for us Indians to understand, as we are used to the soft pedalling nature of our governments in the past. It is very important for the ongoing conflicts to end for peace and co-existence.

The Indian economy is generally firing on all cylinders, and I wish it continues to do so, thereby helping achieve the aspirations of millions of Indians. With a higher educated younger population from rural areas seeking new pastures, urbanisation is increasing, as witnessed earlier in China and many other countries. Most countries with high industrialisation have upwards of 65-70% of its population in urban centres, as compared to 35-38% of Indians in urban centres due to India's economy still being dependent on agriculture in a big way. With greater urbanisation, one can imagine the increase in demand for housing and necessities like clean air, food, water, entertainment and good infrastructure.

Happy to record the good performance of Brigade in the financial year closing March 2024. We made fresh sales exceeding 7.50 million square feet, earned lease rental income of upwards INR 900 crores, and all eight operating star hotels posting best results.

The momentum for growth will continue as long as the Indian economy continues to perform well. There is no doubt on this aspect. We are still a country with a low per capita income below USD 3000, and a low global ranking of 125 out of 200 countries. One needs to look towards China to know what happens to the country’s economy and prosperity of its people when the per capita increases to $5,000 or $7,000 or more.

The Global Business Forum 2024 of WTC Association New York, hosted by our World Trade Center Bengaluru in March was a resounding success with the participation of more than 200 international delegates.

Jt. Managing Director, Nirupa Shankar qualifying as an ‘Ironman’ at the Copenhagen event is a phenomenal achievement due to the sheer toughness and endurance required.

As part of our CSR initiatives, Brigade is happy to have undertaken the much required renovation of the well-known state government owned Venkatappa Art Gallery. It should reopen by the end of the year. The 108-bed hospital, a philanthropic initiative in association with St. John's Medical College Hospital is in its final stage of completion at Brigade Meadows, Bengaluru South.

In closing, we should all hope and pray that our country and our state get a good monsoon to bring smiles to both rural and urban population alike, including the parched throats of Bangaloreans.

JAI HIND.


—Jaishankar CMD, Brigade.

 

ARCHIVE INDEX
"A few thoughts…" is a column that our CMD Mr M.R. Jaishankar writes regularly for our house journal Brigade Insight. A few of his columns are reproduced here."
May 2010

The Completion of Brigade Gateway Residential Block is a major milestone achieved. While significant completion has happened, the snag rectification of individual apartments and overall fine tuning is a challenging process, requiring great care and patience. The Brigade Gateway campus is looking better and better as it moves towards total completion. The Brigade School will open in June 2010. The Galaxy Club should open in a couple of months. WTC Bangalore, Orion Mall and Sheraton Bangalore Hotel are also getting ready. As far as I know, Brigade Gateway is the most integrated enclave in an urban centre anywhere in the world! The total integration of residential with offices, retail, hotel, medical, educational and recreational facilities within the city, is unprecedented. The convenience of living in such an environment will truly be a great experience.

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While the Indian economy has shown stability, it is getting affected by the shaky European economy. Mounting debt in Greece, Portugal, Spain and even Italy has started creating a ripple effect. I hope the governments in EU countries won’t let another 2008 kind of situation happen.

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Central and State Budgets of 2010 have come and gone without giving any relief on applicability of multiple taxes to the same real estate transaction. India could be the only country with the dubious distinction of treating purchase of a property under construction from a developer as: firstly, ‘transfer of property’ attracting stamp duty; secondly, as Sale of Goods under VAT rules; and, to make matters worse, as a Service under the Central Government Service Tax Rules. The desire to get revenue has made the authorities/law makers blind, with the result, citizens have to live with this unfair tax treatment.

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Brigade Group is trying to launch a number of new projects in all segments and categories—residential, office, retail and hospitality. But the procedures and the need to meet more and more rules and get permissions is making the process very cumbersome and time consuming…resulting in an increase in overhead costs, which negatively impacts on the product price.

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Our Mercure Homestead Residences will soon be rebranded as ‘Grand Mercure’ (a higher rated brand of Accor Hotels worldwide). Our Mercure property recently received an award—from the globally recognised Hospitality Consultants, HVS—for Best New Hotel in South Asia in the Serviced Apartment category! To cap this, the Ministry of Tourism has also given a 5-star rating for Mercure Homestead Residences.

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It is heartening to get recognized again by the well-known Realty Plus magazine as the Best Regional Developer (Residential) in 2010 for the Southern Region. So also by Construction Source India as the Best Developer in Residential Infrastructure.

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In the next few months, Brigade will concentrate on total completion of its many projects which are in final stages and sale/lease of balance stock of residential, office and retail units—apart from making persistent efforts to create new stock quickly. I look forward to continued support and patronage from our clients for our new launches.



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