Sandeep A Ashar


Bombay HC stays order to give information on houses, plots allotted to judges
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

State Information Commissioner had directed the HC deputy registrar to furnish the information

Mumbai rains: Sharp rise in city’s heavy rainfall days
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Since June 2016, the city has witnessed 47 events when rainfall recorded was over 65 mm in a day, the data said. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) qualifies rainfall above 65 mm as heavy.

Mumbai building collapse: How a 21-km green corridor helped NDRF reach Bhendi Bazaar rescue site
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

While Maharashtra has been using “green corridors” to speed up transportation of organs for life-saving transplants, Thursday was the first time that a dedicated corridor was set up to ferry rescuers to the site of a disaster.

Senior bureaucrat faces eviction for overstaying in government bungalow
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

Senior government sources said this is perhaps the first case where eviction proceedings have been initiated against a serving bureaucrat.

Supreme Court ban on liquor shops on highways: 821 liquor shops to be relocated
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Unlike several other states, the Maharashtra government is yet to issue any order for the denotification or reclassification of the state highways to work around the Supreme Court directive.

Maharashtra’s new Rs 1,300 crore plan to make roads pothole-free
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

While the state Public Works Department (PWD) spends crores of rupees every year to repair potholes, most resurface soon after. To resolve this problem, the government has now decided to award annual maintenance contracts for 50,000 kilometres of roads in the state.

Maharashtra govt may raise bonds to fund irrigation projects in areas prone to drought
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

The proposal is to permit irrigation development corporations to raise resources through such bonds, with the state government issuing guarantees for them.

Maharashtra govt ignored official red flag, cleared 13 new colleges
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

According to inspection reports of the higher and technical education department, they did not have the area required to run a new college or the permission to use agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes. The report also stated that the three lacked drinking water and drainage facilities.

Eating cow meat leads to loss of thinking power, says Congress religious cell convener
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

On July 2, Mumbai Congress chief and former party MP Sanjay Nirupam, who is considered close to party VP Rahul Gandhi, formed the Mumbai Sant Mahant Congress to “resolve the problems the Hindu temples and mutts and their priests were facing in Mumbai”.

Lakhs of illegal constructions across urban belts to turn legal in Mumbai Metropolitan Region
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

Despite court’s criticism, Maharashtra government goes ahead with mass regularisation exercise.

Tur procurement to resume amid charges of cartelisation
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Following a bumper tur crop and falling prices, the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED), a state-run cooperative, has already extended the procurement date thrice in the state.

15-year domicile rule not applied to highrise for judges
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

A senior government official confirmed that the domicile condition was not insisted upon while deciding the eligibility of the members.

Buildings with ‘raw’ flats can get occupation certificate now
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

While the measure is a part of the civic body’s attempt to streamline the process of issuing construction permissions, it is at odds with the popular belief among flat buyers that OC was the final document indicating that an apartment was ready for occupation.

Cooperative societies on govt land: Maharashtra regularises sale and transfer of flats
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Though the new norms will be applicable across the state, highly placed sources in the government said the measure would benefit high-profile housing societies belonging to serving and retired bureaucrats, police officers, and judicial officials in the uptown south Mumbai the most.

Metro car depot at Aarey colony to stay, commercial tag may go
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

" Mumbai won’t be bullied into giving up Aarey green for the Metro depot when other alternatives are available. While I fully support the need for a Metro system in Mumbai, the damage being done to Aarey is ridiculous,” said Aditya Thackeray, Yuva Sena chief.

Maharashtra farmers’ stir sets stage for BJP- Shiv Sena face-off
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

A senior BJP minister confirmed to The Indian Express that the Shiv Sena’s “role” in the ongoing protest was discussed in detail during a meeting convened by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at his official residence late Tuesday evening to take stock of the crisis.

Chinese, Russian companies bid for Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC), the nodal agency for building the 701-kilometre road, has received 33 bids in response to the Request for Qualification (RFQ) document issued on March 19.

Lessons on sex, hygiene for tribal children soon
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

 In what is perhaps the biggest government promoted sex education initiative in the country, the Maharashtra government has joined hands with Unicef to reach tribal children enrolled in 543 government-run ashram schools in the state.

Spat over official bungalow over, new Chief Secretary yet to move in
Wed, May 31, 2017

Accordingly, Swadheen Kshatriya was granted time till May 15 to shift out of the bungalow. He has now moved out, but Sumit Mullick is yet to move in.

Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway: Rs 46,000-crore project tailormade for select contractors; complaint to PMO
Sat, May 20, 2017

The bone of contention is that when MSRDC first published the RFQ on January 2, 2017, the contentious clauses for qualifying bidders were not a part of it.

Complaint to PMO on Nagpur-Mumbai Expressway: Rs 46,000-crore project tailormade for select contractors
Fri, May 19, 2017

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis is keen to complete the project before October 1, 2019

After Rs 3 hike on April 23: Maharashtra hikes surcharge, petrol dearer by Rs 2
Thu, May 18, 2017

The actual reduction in price was Rs 2.93 per litre after taking into account local value-added tax (VAT).

Tribal welfare schemes scam: Former PWD engineer’s firm bagged housing contracts; he certified them
Sat, May 13, 2017

Panel says tribal department passed undue favours; former dept secretary under the lens

Inquiry blows lid off another irrigation scam in the state
Thu, May 11, 2017

Official-contractor nexus robbed public purse in name of tribal welfare: report

Gold, clothes for newlyweds illegally disposed of: Report
Tue, May 09, 2017

Inquiry finds ‘fake’ weddings, smells rat in contract for supply of milch animals

Centre nod to amend CRZ norms for Mumbai slums
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

While the UPA regime had originally relaxed CRZ norms in January 2011 to permit the redevelopment of these areas, builders were not interested in a public-private partnership model that was proposed.

Maharashtra’s latest fix for its housing crisis — industrial land
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

State releases vast tracts of land it owns for residential, commercial activity

State plan to release more buildable space in Mumbai
Sat, Apr 15, 2017

Policy permits private redevelopment of state-owned leased land.

Over 35% Of Plan Expenditure in March: In Maharashtra depts, an end-of-the-year rush to hit spending targets
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

The government spent a total of Rs 62,254 crore in Plan spending for the whole of 2016-17. Of this, Rs 22,045 crore was spent in March.

Maharashtra budget 2017: Debt set to breach Rs 4 lakh-crore mark
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar dedicates budget to farmers.

Economic Survey Report: Maharashtra clocks 9.4 per cent growth despite demonetisation
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

In the post demonetisation period, the Centre had earlier lowered its own growth estimates for 2016-17 from 7.9 per cent in 2015-16 to 7.1 per cent in 2016-17.

Maharashtra budget 2017: Amid mounting debt, state lowers development spend, says Economic Survey R
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

A plan spending refers to expenditure on development and new asset generation. It includes all capital expenditure.

Budget session: Dip in revenue may force govt to broaden tax net
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Top government sources conceded that the country’s most industrialised state will miss fiscal targets in 2016-17 with the Centre’s demonetisation drive hitting revenue collections and revenue expenditure continuing to rise.

Maharashtra government’s annual wage bill doubles in 8 yrs
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

At Rs 25,911 crore, the amount is over 1.98 times higher than the bill of Rs 13,024 crore in 2009-10.

In Maharashtra, over 50 per cent development fund yet to be used
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Of the Rs 89,778 crore budgeted for Plan spending this year, Rs 46,809 crore remained unutilised till March 13, reveal official estimates.

BMC elections 2017: Congress leadership throws a spanner in Uddhav Thackeray’s plans
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Rules out any tie-up or indirect support to Sena.