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‘Job creation will be taken up on mission mode’, claims Maharashtra Finance Minister
Mon, Feb 12, 2018

"The spirit of the overall development of farms and rural growth will constitute the core of the state Budget too. The farmer has been the focal point of our previous Budgets too. Our focus has been on building infrastructure to boost rural economy," promised Sudhir Mungantiwar.

Maharashtra set to post worst ever deficit figures
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

It has also estimated that the fiscal deficit — the difference between the government’s expenditure and revenues — may swell to Rs 98,725 crore by the year-end at current rates.

Mumbai’s new building reforms to get India into top 50 in World Business rankings
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

Since the World Bank’s ease of doing business rankings for India are assessed based on data collected from Mumbai and Delhi, the performance of the two cities is key to improving the country’s overall ranking.

In a first, Maharashtra to grade performance of its 7.5 lakh govt employees
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

While the new reviewing system does not disincentivise the average or the poor performers, it has proposed public recognition and rewards for ‘Sukarmis’ or the good performers across ranks

Devendra Fadnavis lifts FSI cap for Pune slum projects
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Now, developers to get up to 300 per cent area incentives.

Before Mumbai’s new Development Plan is formally approved, FSI projections go awry
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Proposed plan caps permissible FSI at 2, but CM Fadnavis has said will raise it up to 2.5 or more.

Maharashtra govt plans to offer perks for manufacture of Metro coaches in state
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

CM Fadnavis reportedly asked senior MMRDA officials to reason with contractors responsible for design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of Metro trains to procure these indigenously.

Island city of Mumbai set to see more construction
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has lifted curbs on floor space index (FSI) for construction in the island city, permitting more building rights for redevelopment of properties.

State govt has a plan-B for Mumbai International Financial Services Centre
Mon, Jan 08, 2018

Alternative of a ‘commodity exchange’ in BKC as extension to an existing SEZ in Nagpur is under consideration

In CM Fadnavis’ damage control plan: Ambedkar’s other grandson, Dalit factions
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

As part of a damage control plan, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis even held talks with Dr B R Ambedkar’s grandson Anandraj Ambedkar, who heads the Republican Sena.

No intel failure, says Maharashtra CM Fadnavis; reaches out to Dalit leaders
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

Sources said CM Fadnavis had also expressed his displeasure over the police’s response to Wednesday’s protests in Kolhapur and Aurangabad where violent inter-caste clashes were reported.

Bhima Koregaon violence: Congress looks to consolidate Dalit votes
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

On January 2, Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet, “A central pillar of the RSS/BJP’s fascist vision for India is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society. Una, Rohith Vemula and now Bhima Koregaon are potent symbols of the resistance.”

Behind Maharashtra bandh: Politics to unite backward castes, isolate BJP
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

CPI(M) supports bandh; Congress and NCP call unrest ‘handiwork of divisive communal forces’

Unusable fire exit, cooking on roof, Mumbai pub was a ‘tinder box waiting to explode’
Sat, Dec 30, 2017

Investigation shows illegal modifications, alterations. The licenses of both the facilities were renewed earlier this month despite a series of violations at the site, raising serious questions over the role of BMC’s fire safety regulators.

Adarsh Housing Society controversy: Another shot in the arm for Congress, say party leaders
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam said just like 2G, Adarsh was never a ‘scam’ and alleged it was just a ploy of the BJP to malign the Congress.

State dilutes slum redevelopment plan in Maharashtra
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

Lands without ‘slum’ tag can now take up redevelopment schemes in Maharashtra

Dedicated Metro between Mumbai airports to run at thrice the normal speed
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

The plan is to provide direct high-speed rail connectivity between the existing Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Santacruz to the proposed Navi Mumbai International airport.

Mumbai: Former SRA chief Vishwas Patil cleared projects without slum-dwellers’ consent
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Probe by 4-member panel finds irregularities in 33 out of 137 files that former Slum Rehabilitation Authority chief Vishwas Patil’s office cleared in June

Ex-SRA chief cleared 8 slum schemes on ‘non-slum land’
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

The details concerning the nature of the irregularities were, however, kept under wraps, with the government directing the SRA to conduct a “detailed” probe in the matter and fix accountability for the lapses.

Maharashtra govt ‘diverts’ 460 hectares of tribal land near Mumbai for industries
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Sources further confirmed that the MIDC had considered to offer this land to Taiwanese firm Foxconn, which had committed to invest $ 5 billion in the state.

Devendra Fadnavis sets a deadline for Mumbai’s private land owners to resettle slums
Mon, Nov 27, 2017

In June 2015, the SRA, following the CM’s directives, had issued notices to seven of Mumbai’s biggest landowners - mostly trusts controlled by leading business families - asking them to submit an undertaking expressing their desire to carry out rehabilitation of the slums, if they wished to retain rights over the land.

All slum-dwellers in Mumbai to be eligible for rehabilitation now
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

On Thursday, Fadnavis chaired a high-level meeting where the proposal was cleared.

Maharashtra permits SEZ developer to build township on unused land
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The approval comes about a year Fadnavis revised Maharashtra’s policy for such integrated townships, promising higher buildable area incentives and sops to its developer.

Builders owe 16.20 lakh sq-ft residential space to Maharashtra government
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

Many builders have diverted govt stock illegally; state plans to attach properties.

Illegal occupants of MHADA transit camps face eviction
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Maharashtra government drops plans to legalise their occupation following objections by law department.

Devendra Fadnavis push for Uddhav Thackeray’s dream home
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

The Thackerays have planned to construct an eight-storey building with a basement, stilt and seven upper floors.

Three years into Fadnavis govt’s term, worry lines on economy
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

While fiscal consolidation was among the first things the government promised, it has gone off track; debt stock estimated to cross Rs 4.13 lakh cr in 2017-18

Maharashtra plan: government buildings to go green, save Rs 119 crore per year
Fri, Oct 20, 2017

As part of the Centre’s initiative to ‘Make India Energy Efficient’, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) — a joint venture of Public Sector Undertakings and the Union Power Ministry — will implement the project, bearing the capital costs.

For Ashok Chavan, a tale of successive poll wins
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Former CM has notched up impressive victories, even as others around him have fallen; among party’s best bets now

Nanded municipal election results 2017: Ashok Chavan’s Congress consolidates non-BJP vote, ensures sweep
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Nanded municipal election results 2017: Incidentally, most sitting AIMIM corporators who switched to the Congress ahead of the elections, retained their seats.

Flat transfer to Ashok Chavan’s daughters legal: Revenue Department
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Law department too finds no irregularity in the transactions.

Elphinstone road station stampede: Rs 1.67 lakh crore needed to cope with day-time population
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

The growing opposition against the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train is not without basis, as the Rs 1.08 lakh crore project will cater to 1.6 lakh commuters daily. However, the Mumbai suburban rail system already caters to 78.1 lakh commuters daily.

ODF deadline in sight, Devendra Fadnavis adopts carrot and stick policy
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Incentives to towns that achieve status, no development grants to municipalities that lag

Allegations of scam in grants for minorities dept
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Admitting to the irregularity, Shyam Tagade, Principal Secretary (Minorities Development), said an under-secretary, Shashikant Salunkhe, had been placed under suspension for it.

Narayan Rane, fiery as ever but now lonely and tired
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Narayan Rane: The rise, fall, rise and fall of the Konkan strongman, who fails to convince rivals and former allies with his bluster as he announces that he is leaving Congress

Narayan Rane quits Congress, warns of ‘mass exodus’ from party
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Bitter at being repeatedly “overlooked” for the CM’s role when the Congress was in power, Rane said the leadership had on four occasions assured him of the post.