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The RERA Act – An Explainer

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By Bradley Dunseith

Effective May 1, 2017, the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) will regulate all land development bodies (public and private) that develop real estate for the general public. This includes both residential and commercial real estate.

RERA is an ambitious attempt by India’s federal government to regulate the country’s real estate sector – a sector notorious for its corruption and lack of transparency. The maximum penalties for non-compliance under the Act range from a fine equivalent to ten percent of the property in question or up to three years of imprisonment.

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The Food Processing Industry in India: Investment Prospects

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By Vasundhara Rastogi

India is the second largest food producer in the world after China. According to government estimates for the fiscal year 2015-16, the country’s total food market valued at US$39.71 billion and is projected to double in the next 10 years.  

Having successfully attained self-sufficiency in food, India benefits from marginal surplus in production, and is among the leading global producers of fruits and vegetables, milk, cereals, and wheat.

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Waste Management Opportunities in India’s Smart Cities

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By Bradley Dunseith

Editor’s Note: This is the final article in a three part series. The first can be found here and the second can be found here.

India’s rapidly urbanizing landscape necessitates effective and innovative waste management solutions. Aware of this need, the current government is funding planned urbanization schemes that will make Indian cities both easier to live in and more business friendly.

The central government first announced their ambitious ‘Smart Cities Mission’ in 2014, and the government has now earmarked roughly US$15 billion for the creation of 100 ‘smart cities’ as well as the rejuvenation of another 500 urban centers.  

The success of these ‘smart cities’ will be, in part, dependent on the development of proper waste management systems. Furthermore, in order to renew poor infrastructure, the federal government is relaxing access to urban infrastructure and services sectors for private investment

In the final part of this three part series, we look at the opportunities in partnering and investing in India’s waste management sector in the context of smart cities and planned urban growth.

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SMEs and Startups in India’s Waste Sector

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By Bradley Dunseith

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a three part series. The first can be found here and the third can be found here.

In 2014, the Modi government identified cleaning up India as a national concern through the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Movement). Though the Clean India Movement has yet to be followed up with comprehensive policies, the initiative invigorated national attention towards finding solutions to India’s overloaded waste management systems.

Startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have already begun to profit from effective waste management. Furthermore, with the planned creation of 100 smart cities in India, getting involved in effective waste management solutions will position companies and investors to benefit from India’s planned industrialization in the near future. 

In part two of this three part series, we track the innovative work startups and SMEs have done in India’s waste management sector. We also highlight how foreign companies and investors can play a role in making India’s waste management more effective and sustainable. In the third and final instalment of this series, we explore the investment potential of waste management in relation to India’s Smart Cities Mission.  

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The Waste Management Industry in India: Investment Opportunities

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By Bradley Dunseith

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a three part series; the second can be found here and the third can be found here.

By 2025, India’s waste management sector is expected to be worth US$13.62 billion with an annual growth rate of 7.17 percent. Much of the waste India produces simply ends up in landfills without proper processing or treatment – redirecting this untapped waste to proper treatment and processing facilities will open up new investment possibilities.

In part one of this three part series, we look at India’s regulatory landscape for waste management and the types of waste India produces. In part two, we will highlight the innovations adopted by startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country’s waste management sector and  prospects for foreign investors and companies. Finally, in part three, we will explore waste management opportunities in the context of India’s ‘Smart Cities Mission’ – a huge urban planning initiative – necessitating critical sustainable waste management solutions. 

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Delhi NCR – An Emerging IT Hub in India

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By Vasundhara Rastogi

India has successfully established its information technology (IT) and IT enabled services sector, which currently accounts for about 67 percent of the world’s US$124-130 billion IT market. Overall, the IT sector generates over 10 million jobs in India.

This has led to the growth of several IT hubs across the country such as Bangalore, Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), Pune, and Hyderabad. While Bangalore is still regarded as the Silicon Valley of India, Delhi NCR is fast emerging as India’s foremost IT destination.

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Medical Tourism in India: Industry Growing to Meet Demand

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By Bradley Dunseith

India is becoming an increasingly big player in the international medical tourism industry, otherwise known as Medical Value Travel (MVT). By 2020, India’s MVT industry will more than double its current US$3 billion in revenue to US$8 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of 15.6 percent.

Indeed, foreign nationals in need of complicated treatment, surgeries, and operations are increasingly choosing India because of the country’s affordable, high quality medical care. In 2015 alone, 500,000 foreign nationals visited India for medical care.

India’s rapidly growing MVT market offers huge potential for new investments in private medicine as well as value-added travel, which focuses on a patient-oriented business model.

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Strong Growth Prospects for Luxury Market Investors in India

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By Melissa Cyrill

India is embracing luxury at its best.

This increasing sense of ‘brand-consciousness’ among Indians is principally attributed to the country’s burgeoning aspirational and younger middle class. At the same time, increased internet penetration has also contributed to this consumer behavior, allowing consumers to search and satisfy their desire to own and possess designer brands.

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