Sharma said it is still hassle-free for people to invest in the real estate segment where they can use the benami route also. The general elections see a big inflow of money intended for canvassing and other arrangements. This money is then channelized into the real estate segment which leads to a spurt in the prices of land and property.
In fact, the state has already been witnessing a boom in this sector since Uttarakhand was formed in 2000. The property and real estate market in the state has only gone up in recent years and the land prices have skyrocketed in cities like Dehradun, Haldwani and Nainital where builders have set up several mega projects.
Half a dozen murders have been committed in Dehradun in the past one year over property disputes. They indicate the existence of property related turf wars in the city.
Subhash Dhasmana of Prateek Builders said that there might be a spurt in the real estate segment after the general elections as lots of money is being pumped there at present. Most of the investments would be made into this sector after the polls, he said.