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Sandeep A Ashar


Centre halts Mumbai’s biggest sewage plant plan
Thu, Feb 11, 2016

In its recommendation to the MoEF, the MCZMA argued that the project was “socially vital and would improve hygienic conditions in the influence area.”

Misuse of land allotted at paltry rates: 4 years after CAG report, state yet to decide action
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

It was CM Fadnavis who had as an Opp MLA pushed for action on the report.

Deonar dumping ground fire: Central body to be brought in to fast-track closure
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

A plan to “scientifically” cap all the garbage in one portion of the 127-hectare wide dumpyard has been under consideration for several years now.

Adamant on holding Maharashtra Night at Chowpatty, state plans to approach SC
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

The state is hosting country’s first Make In India Week from February 13 to 18, which would be attended by Prime Ministers of at least three countries and business leaders from 57 countries.

Maharashtra govt reverses cap on income support during pregnancy
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

State now plans to modify its GR that had restricted the benefit to women with entered 9th month of pregnancy after Sept 15, 2015

Pregnant women to face loss of income support, govt caps benefit
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Only those who entered ninth month of pregnancy after Sept 15, 2015, declared eligible in current fiscal, review on.

Maharashtra grounds proposal to extend Juhu airstrip
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

To operationalise the plan, the AAI had approached the state government for lifting public reservations on the land required for the expansion. But the latter has rejected this proposal.

Shiv Sena scuttles Fadnavis’ labour reform plans
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

The proposal, tabled as part of the government’s new retail trade policy, advocated exempting about 27 lakh retail traders in the state from the provisions of the law.

CM Fadnavis makes 3-day office mandatory for ministers
Wed, Jan 20, 2016

CM plans weekly meet with ministers to review performance of their depts.

CM Devendra Fadnavis grants more time to fix Mumbai’s new DP
Tue, Jan 19, 2016

Deadline to publish draft development plan by end of May; incentives for construction of compact homes on the cards

Rahul’s Mumbai visit: Walkathon turns into show of strength
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

Congressmen in Mumbai, demoralised after resounding defeats in the Lok Sabha and assembly polls, weren’t complaining.

Rahul Gandhi’s in Mumbai to unite warring camps in local Congress
Fri, Jan 15, 2016

Nirupam detractors planning to skip Malad meet.

Delhi’s odd-even formula makes Maharashtra dust off 15-yr-old report
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

The Lal panel, which was constituted following Bombay High Court directives, had said private cars should be rationed during peak hours on weekdays for roads in the island city on an experimental basis for six months.

IAS officers question move to ‘import’ IRS officers in Mantralaya
Sat, Jan 09, 2016

The letter, cautions Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that all IAS officers in the Secretariat had plans to approach President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Modi if the government goes ahead with these “irregular” appointments.

In Kirti Azad’s Mumbai visit, some spot a loaded agenda
Wed, Jan 06, 2016

But with Azad in the eye of a storm after his allegations of corruption in the Delhi District Cricket Association, many expect it will be a function with political overtones.

Birla House heritage tag up, elevated to Grade II structure
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

Yash Birla’s plan to raise money using Transferable Development Rights hits hurdle

After permits, BMC targets sops for builders
Mon, Jan 04, 2016

Several builders approach the civic commissioner seeking concessions for open spaces, parking spaces, open terraces, refuge floors, and front and side margins.

To revamp party in Mumbai, Congress adopts Sena’s ‘shakha’ model
Mon, Jan 04, 2016

Overhaul aimed at strengthening the party in time for the civic polls next year.

Maharashtra: Revision of property values deferred till end of March
Fri, Jan 01, 2016

The move will impact the state exchequer as collections from both stamp duty and registration, and revenue from premiums collected from building transactions will be hit.

Mumbai’s eastern suburbs most favoured for homes, offices in 2015
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

Records show that while median property prices in some of Mumbai’s more “prestigious” pockets in the island city and western suburbs hardly budged, several pockets in the eastern suburbs jumped by at least 20-25 per cent.

Builder’s death: Arrested NCP leader violated norms in his own building projects
Sat, Dec 12, 2015

Inquiry reveals the house where Jagdale stays has illegal extensions.

Thane builder suicide: Another NCP leader under police scanner
Fri, Dec 04, 2015

Documents show that MLC Niranjan Davkhare, youth wing chief of Maharashtra NCP, approached MoS for Urban Development Ranjeet Patil in June seeking the latter’s intervention in getting permissions for the very building projects.

Mumbai’s Backbay to lose special zone status
Mon, Nov 30, 2015

Maha government has taken up a proposal to denotify the entire Backbay Reclamation Area, extending from Nariman Point to Cuffe Parade and Girgaum Chowpatty, as a special planning zone.

1 in 2 public trusts in Maharashtra exists only on paper: Survey
Wed, Nov 25, 2015

3.25 lakh of 6.32 lakh registered institutions found to be dysfunctional;govt starts process to strip these charitable organisations of their licences

Farmers pool in 9,000 acres to develop smart city near Mumbai
Sat, Nov 21, 2015

Residents of 11 villages join hands to create modern township in Khalapur taluka of Raigad district; land titles to remain in the names of owners

Mumbai civic body to offer all building plans online
Sat, Nov 14, 2015

“These documents will soon be accessible online,” confirmed Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta.

Chhath Puja at Juhu beach: Maharashtra govt permits performances by folk, TV artistes
Sat, Nov 14, 2015

Bombay High Court had earlier upheld a decision that no celebrities would be allowed on stage.

Soon, BMC to allow registered architects, engineers to issue building permits
Thu, Nov 12, 2015

The BMC has also reduced the number of levels for various approvals. The commencement certificate, for instance, would now be issued at the assistant engineer level.

Month after Parmar suicide, another Thane builder sends SOS to CM Devendra Fadnavis
Mon, Nov 09, 2015

Accuses Congress corporator of harassing him and demanding bribes; corporator denies charges.

Thane builder suicide: Kin of ex-Thane civic chief was Parmar’s partner
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

The builder had earlier referred to Cosmos Horizon extensively in a five-page letter to municipal commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal on May 30, 2015

Before suicide note, Mumbai builder Suraj Parmar sent CM Devendra Fadnavis a letter
Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Parmar reportedly shot himself dead, leaving behind a note that once again alleged harassment by politicians and officials in Mumbai’s largest and fastest-growing satellite town.

Thane builder suicide: Complaints were resolved days before he died
Fri, Oct 23, 2015

After state minister intervened, TMC had addressed most of the issues that were stalling his projects.

Shiv Sena like ants swarming on power; won’t walk out of govt: Sharad Pawar
Thu, Oct 15, 2015

Sharad Pawar further said that despite the rapid deterioration of Sena-BJP ties, he did not see the possibility of either party walking out of the alliance in Maharashtra.

Stop bribing officials, CM Devendra Fadnavis asks builders
Wed, Oct 14, 2015

The CM’s missive comes in the backdrop of the suicide by Thane builder Suraj Parmar on October 7.

Bandra Kurla Complex, one more biz hub in Mumbai downsized
Sat, Oct 10, 2015

The move is being seen by some officials as linked to private commercial interests.

Ambedkar memorial deal turns into goldmine for NTC
Fri, Oct 09, 2015

Maharashtra government to grant development rights worth Rs 3,200 crore to the National Textile Corporation that owns Indu Mill in Prabhadevi