The Hinduja Group, with a global presence in core sectors such as oil and gas, automotive, power, IT, banking and finance, today announced a major foray into the real estate sector in India involving an investment of up to $15 billion.

Just back from a visit to India, the Group Chairman, Mr 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 such as 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 $10 billion to $ 15 billion over the next five years, according to Mr 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 1,000 MW project is already under progress, Mr Hinduja said.

Expressing optimism over the state of the Indian economy, Mr 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.

Mr 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.

He also noted that India continued to enjoy great credibility in international forums and among global leaders, “which is a major plus.”

The leading UK-based industrialist said that non-resident Indians continue to repose confidence in the country with their remittances touching around $60 billion last year, the highest for the developing countries, including China.

He is also confident that India will go for more of economic reforms and liberalisation and will not revert to a state-led model.

(This article was published on July 22, 2012)
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