In Surat, most high-rise buildings don’t have the 13th floor

Surat: 10..11..12..14….Don’t you think a number is missing? Yes, you are right. The practice of excluding number 13 is widely prevalent in the realty market as developers and individuals buying the properties are not comfortable with it. Reason: they consider the number 13 as inauspicious.

Take the example of Surat Diamond Bourse (SDB), the world’s largest diamond bourse coming up on 66 lakh square feet area at Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) City at Khajod. All the nine towers having ground plus 15 floors each have been replaced with number 14 for the convenience of the diamantaires owing their offices. The 15-floor towers have become 16 floored as the organizers have skipped number 13 for the convenience of the buyers.

Mathur Savani, spokesperson of SDB diamond bourse limited told TOI, “It is the belief that number 13 is unlucky and is based on religion and numerology. In the SDB project, we have taken special care to replace floor number 13 for the convenience of buyers from our industry. Even the numbering of the parking lots and other infrastructure in the project has been taken care of with the same belief”

Asked if the diamantaires are superstitious in numbering, Savani said, “Not all, but a majority of them strictly believe in superstition. Many skip doing business deals on the 13th day of the month. Dropping the use of this number is considered a pragmatic business solution”

Velji Sheta, former president of CREDAI-Surat said, “It is not a general practice, but a section of people including realtors and individual buyers believe in it skipping number 13. The skipping of number 13 is not at the cost of not using the allotted FSI. At present, in high-rise buildings in place of 40 meters, the height is increased to 45 meters and in such cases, people may skip numbering the floor, but all the FSI is used up”

A spokesperson of the realty group that has come up with the city’s first multi-storied residential project in Vesu having 19 floors said, “We have numbered 13th floor with 14. Even today, we have people who believe in superstitions and adhered to them. Thus, we have adopted the same system as part of our broader culture and tradition”