PANAJI: Over the past few decades, the real estate sector in the state has soared. This was possible only through realtors‘ innovative designs, state-of-the-art projects, and high benchmarks in quality and customer satisfaction. Ten pioneers selected from an elite group of leading realtors in the state have been featured in the The Times Group’s latest coffee table book ‘Real Estate Icons of Goa’.
While releasing the book on Saturday, deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza described it as a “good concept” and a “huge achievement for The Times of India and for stakeholders in the industry”. It will make others in the trade look up to such forerunners, he added.
Director, sports and youth affairs, V M Prabhudesai, highlighted the need for additional and better sports facilities in housing complexes saying this would go a long way in promoting physical activity, in ensuring that the state produces more sports-persons. He was happy to see green spaces, gyms and walking tracks as part of housing projects in the book.
Ace swimmer Talasha Prabhu, the celebrity guest, endorsed this. Impressed with the book, she said it would be of interest to her, even though she isn’t too familiar with real estate industry.
Akar Realty managing director Avinash Borkar, was elated with the book and praised its printing and design.
Asked about how the real estate industry had changed over the years, managing director of Highland Constructions Pvt Ltd, Devadas Y Naik, who began his journey in 1991 in Mapusa, said, “I was selling at 3,200 per sq m. A single bedroom (flat) long ago cost less than 1 lakh and a double bedroom sold for 1.25 lakh. Now I’m selling at 1 lakh per sq m. You’ll be surprised, there’s been no change. Problems have remained the same. The profile too has remained the same. At that time a family couldn’t buy a single room apartment because they couldn’t afford to pay EMI. Today it is the same. The same family cannot buy the flat. If you ask me, nothing has changed.”
MD of Vision Dempo Real Estate Developers Rajesh Dempo, and managing partners of EDCON Real Estate Developers Edwin Menezes and Cedric Vaz, were also present. Compere Ruchika Davar put everyone in a cheery mood.
The book runs into over 80 pages and features Avinash Borkar; chairperson of Dempo Group of Companies Shrinivas V Dempo; Rajesh Dempo; founder chairman of Alcon Constructions Anil Counto; Edwin Menezes and Cedric Vaz; partner of Risara Properties Gaurang Sinai Suctancar; Tridentia Developers’ Paresh Sawardekar; managing director of Horizon Land Developers Pvt Ltd Jonathan Fernandes; and managing director Commonwealth Developer Pvt Ltd Datta Damodar Naik.
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