Pune: Planet Smart City, the global leader in smart affordable housing, is pleased to announce the extension of its exclusive partnership with Pune-based Kolte-Patil Developers, a leading real-estate player, to propel Planet’s Indian business over the next 3 years.
The expansion will focus on a collaborative residential development platform consisting of projects and homes that promote aspirational living with digital and social innovation-led smart solutions to enable a better living experience for residents.
Building upon the success of its first co-development in Pune, ‘Universe’, Planet and Kolte-Patil plan to add several projects to the platform over the next three years in Mumbai, Pune, and Bengaluru with an aim to co-develop a minimum of 15,000 housing units.
With a growing population, India currently has one of the top five most pronounced housing shortages in the world. Every minute, 30 people migrate from rural to urban India. In 2011, only 30 per cent of India’s population lived in urban areas, however, this percentage is expected to go up to 40 per cent and the number of people living in Indian cities is expected to reach a whopping 630 million by 2030.
Outside of the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, the pair will also look to identify other opportunities for co-development over the medium-term. Urbanisation particularly intensifies the already large demand for affordable housing.
The Smart City concept and the latest macro-trends such as PropTech are key to be able to decouple growth and environmental impact in Asian cities, aiming at meeting ESG criteria and a good quality of life for citizens in highly dense urban settlements.
Replicating its innovative approach to smart affordable housing, the projects will combine Planet’s expertise in integrating solutions, which aim to create thriving communities, with best-in-class research capabilities. The appropriate selection of solutions is led by the joint ‘Competence Centre’ in Pune. The ‘Competence Centre’ – a world-first initiative – is a central point for Planet’s operations worldwide and helms partnerships with key partners and developers.
The ‘Competence Centre’ is an in-house research and development lab that focusses on design, urbanism, social and technological smart solutions, as well as optimisation processes, for Planet’s projects worldwide. It is from here, that the group develops a comprehensive replicable and scalable format to meet the needs of residents and envision the future of urban living.
Each project under this collaborative platform, will welcome Planet Smart City’s digital infrastructure which, alongside data analytics and a dedicated community manager, helps lead refinements and changes in each project to continually improve the quality of life for residents. This will be supported by the introduction of the ‘Planet App’ which enables residents to interact with smart solutions, connect with neighbours, and ultimately become more aware of utilities’ consumption in their homes.
Meanwhile, Kolte-Patil Developers will bring, in this extended partnership, its expertise in real-estate development across India, matched with a very trustworthy brand in the industry. To date, the company has developed and constructed more than 50 projects including residential complexes, integrated neighbourhoods and commercial sites covering a saleable area of approximately 20 million square feet.