According to insider reports, the number of plots sold since 2019 has been declining; however, this year, the progress has been good and plots’ sale is likely to breach the 2020 figures at the end of the second half of 2021. Realty experts say that the in 2020 the sale of plots came down to 50% compared to 2019, but post pandemic the situation has improved with people coming out invest in plots from end-user perspective as well as investors.

“The market is booming, and based on the flow of people, it’s worth noting that having a plot near a financial centre can help you earn a good return. Although prices are now low, they are expected to rise as the economy recovers from a major setback caused by the COVID issue. The flow of people towards places with the best health facilities and work possibilities will increase, and these metros will become goldmines for those who have purchased plots,” says Prateek Mittal, Executive Director, Sushma Group.

Realtors feel that the increased sale of plots attests that post-pandemic people have started looking for independent pieces of land where they can spend a healthy and secure life. The plots launched by reputed developers are the first choice as they add credibility and promise a better lifestyle in gated communities. Throwing light on the trend of plotted developments, Dhiraj Jain, Director, Mahagun Group, says “Many reputable developers are now active in plotted development projects across the country, and demand has always been strong. Builder-planned communities provide the infrastructure needed to begin living and offer a good return on a patient long-term investment.” Real estate brokers say that more than 11,000 units were launched in the first half of 2021 in top cities compared to around 16,000 in 2020. Maximum units were launched in Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad; the Delhi NCR market witnessed the launch of more than 600 units in the first half compared to around 1100 in 2019. “Plotted development investment is a time-honoured tradition in India, and COVID-19 has bolstered demand for plotted development as a long-term investment. Buyers are looking for developments like this in gated communities to expand on and utilise as separate residences. Plotted developments by well-known developers are constantly in demand, and they promise a solid return on investment. The value proposition, however, is dependent on the geography and infrastructure,” adds Ashok Gupta, CMD, Ajnara India Ltd.

Buyers have long been torn between living in an apartment or on separate floors; the dilemma is deciding between having your patio and sharing utilities with others. “However, having a yard in a metropolis is a pipe dream due to land scarcity and high prices. As a result, developers are launching a slew of plotted development projects in Metro’s outskirts; these projects prove to be rather popular, especially in the post-pandemic age, when people crave more space. Authorities plots are always safe; if a private developer is launching a planned development project, one should always choose reputable developers,” says Vikas Garg, Deputy MD, MRG World.