Chennai, March 14 

Leading real estate developer DLF seeks to invest ₹5,000 crore in a commercial real estate projects in Chennai by 2026 as the metro is becoming the second-largest market for the company after Gurugram. 

On Monday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin laid the foundation stone for an office space of about 1 mn sq ft being built by DLF for Standard Chartered Global Business Services at DLF Downtown campus at Taramani in Chennai. 

Spread over 27 acres, DLF Downtown will be a multi-block campus of new age buildings and is being built in phases. This IT/ITES park will have a total office space of about 6.8 mn sq ft. “The total investment will be about ₹5,000 crore planned to be spent by 2026. We have so far invested₹1,600-1,700 crore in this project,” said Sriram Khattar, Managing Director, DLF Rental. 

‘Once DLF Downtown is completed and operational, DLF will have a footprint of about 14 million sq ft of commercial workspaces in the city, making it the second-largest market after Gurugram. We are optimistic about our investment in Tamil Nadu as it is fast emerging as a leading global hub for IT/ ITES, manufacturing, and R&D,” he added.  

Phase 1 project

Phase 1 will constitute new-age office buildings of about 3.3 mn sq ft with a host of amenities including a food district, restaurants, cafes, wellness centre, gym, creche, and a medical centre. 

The Standard Chartered office building in DLF Downtown will set a new benchmark for future workspaces by offering a unique office building design, a first of its kind in the country in a safe and sustainable ecosystem. Tamil Nadu is set to become India’s innovation hub and knowledge capital as it has a highly qualified, skilled and disciplined resource pool, said a company statement. 

A state government note said that the DLF Downtown project carried the potential to provide job opportunities for 70,000 people. 

DLF Downtown is designed with high-end specifications and has been awarded a Platinum LEED Certification by US Green Building Council, said Amit Grover, Executive Director, DLF Offices. 

Additionally, this building will also achieve a lower carbon footprint for its design and operations. DLF presently has a portfolio of 33 mn sq feet of LEED Platinum certified by US Green Building Council workspaces in the country.  

A project DLF Downtown in a location like Taramani should generate an income of  ₹700-750 crore when fully functional, said Khattar. 

DLF Cybercity, located at Manapakkam in Chennai, is a 7.2 mn sq ft project and the largest IT SEZ in the State. It has contributed a cumulative export revenue of about ₹84,000 crore since its inception.