Sandeep A Ashar


Maharashtra’s road agency wants portion of Arabian Sea to be deemed as govt land
Tue, Apr 24, 2018

The cash-strapped agency, which is in the process of building the 17.17-km long Versova-Bandra Sea Link (VBSL) off the Mumbai coast, has approached the chief minister-led urban development department with the proposal.

Maharashtra Government plans FSI bonanza for Mumbai builders
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

A controversial proposal of allowing builders an additional construction right, equal to 100 per cent of the plot’s area on payment of premium, is now being considered, said senior officials on condition of anonymity. 

Mumbai Port Trust land to get ‘special zone’ tag
Wed, Apr 11, 2018

The move comes at a time when Development Plan 2034 has made a case for the denotification of all such special planning zones within Mumbai. As per the existing land use plan, 2012, about 4,323 hectare or 9.43 per cent of Mumbai’s total area has previously been notified as a special planning zone.

Mumbai: Proposal to allow transfer of extra floor space index in pipeline
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

FSI is a development tool that defines the extent of construction permissible on a plot. It is the ratio of the buildable area to the total plot area.

Maharashtra: Days after farmers’ long march, Congress leader says rally was ‘state sponsored’
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Congress legislator Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, on Thursday hinted that there was an understanding between the BJP and the CPI(M)’s Kisan Sabha over the rally.

Mahim Nature Park to be tagged as natural area, says Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Small battle won, but opposition to include nature park in Dharavi project area remains

Nature park in Dharavi project: Rift in govt widens; MMRDA, forest dept oppose move
Thu, Mar 22, 2018

On March 19, The Indian Express was the first to highlight the SRA’s proposal to include the nature park in the Dharavi redevelopment plan which involves resettlement of nearly 60,000 slum structures in planned habitats under five planning sectors.

Opposition grows, Shiv Sena stalls move to include nature park in Dharavi project
Thu, Mar 22, 2018

On Tuesday, the Shiv Sena’s legislative wing wrote to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, seeking an unconditional rollback of the move. The CM also heads the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA).

Government moves to include nature park in Dharavi project area
Mon, Mar 19, 2018

With the inclusion of the MNP, the total area under the Dharavi project would increase from 155 hectares to 172 hectares. To push the redevelopment, the government has also allowed a construction right of four times the notified gross plot area

Buildings around Mumbai airport, defence land to get construction bonus: Govt 
Thu, Mar 15, 2018

While the new development plan was designed on the basis of universal floor space index for the entire city, another senior official said that the TDR sop would mean a switch towards a variable FSI regime.

Koregaon Bhima violence: Month later, panel yet to begin probe
Wed, Mar 14, 2018

CM announces withdrawal of cases, pushes for Ekbote’s custodial interrogation

New industrial sops to impact revenue: Maharashtra Budget document
Sun, Mar 11, 2018

During his budget speech on Friday, the finance minister said these policies had been “carefully prepared, notified, and implemented” for boosting the industries and the services sector.

Maharashtra: Amid mounting debt, tax arrears soar to Rs 77,000 crore
Sun, Mar 11, 2018

As per the disclosures by the Maharashtra government in the budget document for 2018-19, arrears accumulated during the past two years alone stood at Rs 7,517 crore, while recover of another Rs 13,652 crore in taxes raised has been pending for more than a decade.

Maharashtra budget 2018-19: State’s big push for crop diversification
Sun, Mar 11, 2018

The BJP government in the state has allocated Rs 15 crore in its spend plan for 2018-19 to set up citrus estates, which would provide farm implements, grading, waxing and other facilities under a single roof, in the three orange producing districts.

State fiscal outlook worsens, debt to cross Rs 4.61 lakh crore
Sat, Mar 10, 2018

The government has also enhanced the income limit for eligibility of educational benefits for students from economically weaker sections from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8 lakh.

Maharashtra growth story slumps to weakest in 3 years
Fri, Mar 09, 2018

On financial inclusion, the ESR reported that as on February 7, 2018, about 2.2 crore bank accounts had been opened in the state under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana with deposits of about 4,304 crore.

Maha govt plan to build new CBDs on public land dropped
Sat, Mar 03, 2018

While designing Mumbai’s new development plan, the Mumbai municipality had proposed transformation of undeveloped land parcels around the city’s erstwhile octroi nakas into CBDs to “boost economic activity and employment”.

Maharashtra: How fudged income records were used to access Chief Minister’s Relief Fund
Sat, Mar 03, 2018

RTI records show that they include applicants who provided dubious income certificates to claim Economically Weaker Section (EWS) status and access benefits meant for those with an annual family income of less than Rs 1 lakh.

Express Investigation: Red flag raised 2 years ago on medical aid from CM’s relief fund
Thu, Mar 01, 2018

The Indian Express analysed RTI records to report how the CMRF, a charity fund, was getting derailed at the implementation stage, with stolen identities, fake records, proxy applicants, inflated medical estimates and dubious income certificates used to claim benefits.

Norms will be tightened to check misuse of CMRF: CMO
Thu, Mar 01, 2018

Additional Chief Secretary, Chief Minister’s Office said officials have been told to ensure that benefits from the CMRF is extended only in cases where assistance cannot be provided under existing state government schemes, such as the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana.