People of Indian Origin (PIOs), Non Resident Indians (NRIs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) are legally permitted to purchase land provided it's not agricultural land.
Apart from the obvious advantages of shared maintenance and security costs, gated communities are a more pragmatic option from the perspective of basic infrastructure. Unlike in cities, much of the essential infrastructure such as electricity, water or fibre-optic cables is provided by the developer rather than the local government. Ensuring high-quality infrastructure for a standalone plot is typically not financially viable if one is looking outside the town centre.
We do not provide construction services.
We can help with suggestions based on consultants we have worked with in the past, and can also help to evaluate options.
The building regulations differ significantly from the rules in cities such as Bangalore or Chennai. For instance, the amount you can build is not related to the size of your plot. There are regulations governing distance from reserve forests, boundary offsets, permissible gradients, building heights, etc. It is best to understand these in detail before finalising any purchase.
Land in Coonoor is typically classified as Municipal or Panchayat land. The former is planned while the latter is consider unplanned. If buying within Municipal limits, do ensure the property is located within a prime residential (PR) or multiple-use zone (MUZ).
In terms of regulations governing construction, the hills differ markedly from the plains. Recommended construction practices and materials also differ significantly and an inadequate understanding of how to build in hilly terrain may lead to cost overruns, environmentally irresponsible construction, unsafe structures, and accidents. We strongly recommend only working with architects, consultants and contractors who have prior experience building in hilly terrain.