Ambitious housing projects of the government including Prime Minister Awas Yojna (PMAY) and the rural housing scheme can get big boost if the Centre and State governments provide tax relief to the pre engineered and pre cast structures technologies sector, P Surya Prakash, President, Pre-engineered Structures Society of India (PSI) told R&M.
“New construction technologies would not only save time but also bring in quality and affordability,” he said on the sidelines of PEPSCON 2017, a two day international conference and exhibition, with a theme- ‘ Housing for All by 2022’, which concluded in New Delhi on Wednesday.
“Pre-cast and pre-engineered structures would increase house building capacity of any implementing government agencies and private sector developers by five times. Presently 300 units are being built in the country per day and with the use of these construction technologies we can make 1500 units per day. This would enhance capacity and quality, subsequently reducing cost and saving time,” added Prakash.
“Rural housing can a get a big boost if the governments encourage construction technology provider companies to set one plant in each district and over 500 plants at district level across the country would revolutionise rural housing in terms of cost reduction, quality, time saving and sustainability, the PSI President emphasised.
However, to achieve the target of ‘ Housing for All by 2022’ new construction technology sector needs promotional policies by the Centre and State governments.
Prakash further said that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would give a boost to the sector as it would bring down current indirect taxes such VAT, Excise and Service from 25 percent to 18 percent. However, this segment need more. Further reduction of GST rate and other tax incentives would help the segment to bridge the demand-supply gap in housing sector both in rural and urban areas, he added.
Earlier while inaugurating the Pre Engineered and Pre Cast Structure Conference (PEPSCON) and Exhibition, Major General Sanjeev Jain, Director General, Directorate General of Married Accommodation Project (DGMAP), Military Engineering Service (MES) said that the Defence Ministry is going to push the usage of new construction technologies in a big way.
“The Ministry has allocated Rs. 24,000Crore for housing projects for three services personnel and other military infrastructures and 80 per cent of this would be spent in making houses with the use of new construction technologies such as pre-cast and pre-engineered structures,” revealed Major General Jain.
Organised by PSI the PEPSCON 2017 aimed at disseminating the knowledge of using various emerging construction technologies such as pre-cast, composite construction, light gauge steel and insulated wall construction. At the exhibition technology provider companies showcased their strength and displayed the latest development taking place in the segment. The event witnessed participation from government implementing agencies, policy makers, consultants, engineers, architects, technology providers and others.
C Shekhar Reddy, Past National President, CREDAI said that the Centre has taken a slew of measures to reform the sector with interest subsidy, income tax exemption and other incentives to housing sector, however, state governments need to align their policies with the Centre’s policies by replacing old rules to provide boost to the sector to meet the goal of Housing to All by 2022.
“New construction technologies such as pre engineered structures reduce material usage by 32 to 40 percent, manpower by 50 per cent and makes unit sustainable. Hence , to promote PPP model in the sector, tax exemptions and incentives would go long way to strengthen both demand and supply side,” he added.
Experts strongly recommended that the technology providers, builders and contractors need tax incentives to fully utilise new construction technologies.