Rise in GDP, consumerism, e-com boom drives warehousing growth: Knight Frank

According to a latest report by property firm, Knight Frank India, the warehousing market in India grew 62 per cent year-on-year (YoY) in eight major cities of the country taking the total space covered to 51.3 million sq. ft. The Indian warehousing sector, which has witnessed tremendous growth because of the boom in online shopping especially during the pandemic has seen fund flow to the tune of $1.2 billion in 2022 through June, against the $1.3 billion raised in all of 2021, stated report. Shishir Baijal, Chairman and Managing Director, Knight Frank India said, “The high growth rate of organised warehousing sector in India is a result of its rising GDP and consumerism. With warehouse leasing in India surpassing the pre-pandemic levels, the sector is poised to take a quantum leap to match its more mature peers around the world.” A survey of the sector in the top 13 secondary markets including cities like Guwahati, Lucknow, Jaipur, and Coimbatore revealed a 31 per cent YoY increase in transaction volumes taking the total area covered to 12.6 million sq. ft in FY22 from 9.7 million sq. ft in FY21. The National Capital Region (NCR), followed by Mumbai, is leading the market with the highest overall transaction volumes, while Pune and Hyderabad exhibited maximum percentage growth in annual transacted volumes at 166 per cent and 128 per cent YoY respectively, the report added.