State Bank of India is in process of completion of merger with its five associate banks on 1st April, 2017. As per bank sources, loan processing and banking services at associate banks may get disrupted during end of March, 2017. SBI has notified the associate banks to complete disbursements of existing loans across various segments including loan against property, home loan and personal loans by 25th March, 2017.
Realty developers are rapidly shifting their focus from building luxury housing projects to affordable housing projects in order maintain their sales growth and reduce the impact of declining sales volume in other segments of the property market. As per a latest Cushman and Wakefield report, the shift has been witnessed after the government announced favourable guidelines for developers building affordable house units. Some of these guidelines include easing access of loans from banks such as SBI, PNB and HDFC Bank, grant of infrastructural status to affordable housing and reintroduction of RERA Act.
Government of India, in Union Budget 2017 announced various measures to encourage real estate developers operating in the Affordable Housing segment. Some of these measures include grant of infrastructure status to affordable housing, reintroduction of Real Estate Regulations Act and improving availability of housing loans from banks. As a result of these announcements, developers are shifting their focus from building luxury house units to affordable house units to drive sales and mitigate the impact of the overall slowdown in the property market.
Syndicate Bank has announced the auction of land owned by GVK Group in GVK Perambular SEZ Pvt Ltd in Tamil Nadu as a part of recovery of its outstanding loans of Rs. 175 crore. The bank has also issued NOC to HDFC Ltd for ceding on the mortgaged property. HDFC Ltd has also disbursed loans of Rs. 1,075 crore to GVK Group.
Punjab National Bank has identified non- performing loan accounts of Rs. 1,800 across various loan segments such as property loan, personal loan and business loans and is planning to sell these assets to Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs) in March 2017. The bank had recovered Rs. 1,600 crore by selling bad debts to ARCs during 2016- 17. PNB has also managed to recover dues of Rs. 937 crore in cash after its asset quality management exercise during the third quarter of FY17.
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