Experts are of the opinion that the warehousing sector is likely to grow at 9-11% every year, with private equity players keen on tapping the opportunity and ready to make investments up to Rs 15,000 cr per annum.

“Warehousing industry has recently seen a sharp growth in demand primarily driven by new age e-commerce industry and growth in organised retail which are leveraging technology in their supply chain to optimise costs,” HDFC Realty Chief Executive Vikram Goel told PTI.

According to Milestone Capital Executive Vice Chairman Rubi Arya, investors are very positive towards this sector with strong government support and reforms followed by RERA, GST, REITs, among others.

“With all this development taking place, there is lot of traction from investors, private equity fund houses, high networth individuals, NRIs, among others. We expect around Rs 12,000-15,000 cr investments every year in this sector which is itself talks about how this industry will explore in future,” Arya said.

According to PropTiger, the supply of warehousing space is in the range of 900 mln sqft but much of it is in unorganised sector. Demand is expected to be 1,500 mln sqft by 2020 with annual requirement of 100-125 mln sqft.

Property consultant Jones Lang LaSalle said Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad had a cumulative supply of organised Grade-A and Grade-B warehousing space of around 97 mln sqft in 2015 and this is expected to grow to around 116 mln sqft by the end of 2016.

With the returns being more attractive in the warehousing space and investment required being lower compared to residential and commercial realty, PropTiger Chief Business Officer Ankur Dhawan sees many real estate PE firms investing in this segment.

“Currently the interest is mostly from international PE players, while domestic players continue to focus on residential and commercial realty,” he said.

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