Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2010 (Revised May 2010)

Bardhaman (A): Shrachi and the West Bengal Housing Board

by John D. Macomber and Viraal Balsari

Abstract

A real estate developer decides whether to enter into a public private partnership with the government of West Bengal to develop a township on farmland. The decisions include whether to expand operations from the company's base in Kolkata to Bardhaman, 100 km away; whether to subdivide and sell raw land lots or follow the developer's vision and build a planned township; whether to enter into a public private partnership with the government of West Bengal, led by the Left Front and the Communist Party of India as equity partners; or whether to also accept a private equity firm into the project, what to build, and in what sequence.

Keywords: Development Economics; Growth and Development Strategy; Business and Government Relations; Decisions; Private Equity; Design; Housing; Infrastructure; Projects; Real Estate Industry; West Bengal;

Citation:

Macomber, John D., and Viraal Balsari. "Bardhaman (A): Shrachi and the West Bengal Housing Board." Harvard Business School Case 210-062, February 2010. (Revised May 2010.)