Free AC bus service on IT corridor for a month – New Indian Express22 Aug 2017, view article
A free AC bus service has been started by Doshi Housing called the ‘OMR OMG Express’ for people employed on the IT corridor there and anyone else who is interested in the historical importance of OMR. The service will be operational for one month from Thursday, 10.30 am onwards. “In all the hype about it being the IT Express Way, what is forgotten is that OMR has been a knowledge hub of Chennai since Independence,” said historian V Sriram.
“It has been home to several low profile centres of excellence and also boasts of centuries- old history in some of the villages that it connects, all of which are now parts of Chennai. It has 480 IT companies, 132 hospitals, 160 colleges, 330 restaurants, 55 banks, 7 gas agencies and one golf village.” About four trips will be made in a day from Aavin Dairy, Sholingnallur to Madhya Kailash and four return trips will be made from Madhya Kailash to Aavin Dairy, Sholingnallur.
The trips will be seven days a week on an hourly frequency. The first trip will start at 9.30 am from Aavin Dairy, Sholingnallur. Even non-working tourists can take advantage of this service. “A booklet containing interesting facts about OMR and an audio presentation will be made available to the passengers to understand the importance of OMR,” said Mehul Doshi, director, Doshi Housing.
Doshi Risington's Review by NDTV Profit12 Jun 2017, NDTV Profit, The Property Show view article
Doshi Risington has been chosen as one of the best projects to buy in OMR on The Property Show – NDTV Profit. Watch the full video below.
Chennai developer launches OMR project at 25% discount15 Oct 2015, Money Control view article
Chennai’s developers have been trying out various out-of-the-box ideas to increase their revenues — from focussing more on warehousing to renting out unsold apartments.
But the city’s builders are now resorting to perhaps their last option: heavy discounts. CNBC-TV18’s Jude Sannith reports that the city’s well-known player Doshi Housing recently stunned competitors by launching a project at 25 percent below prevailing market rates.
The developer launched phase one of the Risington project: 496 apartments in all with a special discounted price of Rs 4,850 per square foot, but only for early birds. This price, that is 25 percent below the market rate of Rs 6500 per square foot, is only for the first 100 bookings.
The project is based on Old Mahabalipuram Road, or OMR as it’s more popularly called. and it is one of Chennai’s emerging realty corridors.
“There was an apprehension in people’s minds that ‘If I delay my purchase, I would get a better price’. So, we tackled that by offering an investment protection guarantee,” says Doshi Housing director Mehul Doshi. “What we said is: ‘This is the lowest price you can get, and if there is anybody who launches a product which is lower than this price tomorrow, we will refund the difference to you’.
” Downsizing the carpet area of apartments — or what Doshi housing calls smart sizing — is the other strategy the builder is relying on to lure buyers. Restricting the apartment size to less than a 1000 square feet has enabled Doshi to keep the final price between Rs 30 and 50 lakh.
Developers have been struggling to hit double digits in the number of apartments being sold per month. The fact that Doshi Housing, on the other hand, has managed to sell close to 50 units in just three days – at competitive prices – is proof that their formula is indeed working.
Other builders are following suit and drawing plans to launch smaller and cheaper properties with basic amenities and nothing over the top.
Says Kanchana Krishnan, Director – Chennai, Knight Frank India, “Chennai is an end-user-driven market. It might sound like a cliché, but 85 percent of demand here comes from end-users, which means there is an inherent demand in the system, which we need to capitalize on.”
“The moment you launch a product between Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000, which is the flavour of the season, you create a robust demand within the system and then you can boost sales.
” The over-supplied stretch of OMR alone is home to nearly 65 percent of the city’s new projects, with an average inventory overhang period of 28 months.
To help shore up sales we’ve already seen builders offer various schemes like free car-parking, and the waiver of extra charges for higher floors.
But experts are convinced nothing will bring back buyers except for aggressive pricing.
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