Business Bureau :
The leasing of warehousing and industrial space has slowed down because of the nationwide lockdown but demand may rise post-COVID-19 with expected growth in e-commerce and possible shift of manufacturing activities from China to India, according to industry experts. “Industrial and warehousing is the most resilient segment in India, which is likely to emerge quickest and strongest post-COVID-19,” property consultant Savills India said in a report.
The demand-supply of industrial and warehousing space is expected to soften as compared to previous estimates in the near to medium term due to coronavirus pandemic, the consultant said. Higher supply contraction could lead to decrease in vacancies and optimum pricing, it added. In its report 'India Front & Center - Production & Supply Chain', Savills India has revised its estimates downwards for both absorption and new supply of warehousing and logistics space for 2020.
The projection for warehousing and logistics leasing has been revised to 30 million sq ft from 40 million sq ft earlier. Fresh supply is now estimated at 12 million sq ft this year from 42 million sq ft projected earlier across top eight cities -- Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. When contacted, Embassy Industrial Parks CEO Aditya Virwani said, “Both logistics and industrial requirements will see an increase post-COVID.”