Excess supply has made office rentals in key commercial centres in Mumbai and Delhi come down by half over last year, and realty analysts fear that with business houses waiting for economic activity to pick up speed and a raft of new commercial facilities nearing completion, the rates could head further southwards.

Residential prices have firmed up after the lows they hit late last year, but the recent uptick in macro economic activity is yet to trickle down to sectors such as retail. Realty consultants said in Mumbai there are vacant commercial properties in Malad, Thane, LBS Marg and Andheri MIDC despite the fall in rentals. Rentals have crashed from Rs 400 per sq ft in December last year to around Rs 250 per sq ft now in Mumbai’s commercial hub, the Bandra Kurla Complex.

Times of India