Sandeep A Ashar


Mumbai’s no-development zone: BMC proposes to unlock largest land parcel
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

The civic body has based the proposal on the projection that the city’s population will peak to 12.79 million by 2021 from 12.44 million in 2011, before dropping to 11.40 million by 2034.

Ambedkar memorial: Mumbai’s Indu Mill land transfer deal in limbo
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The Union textile ministry has objected strongly to Maharashtra’s latest compensation offer of Rs 1,413.48 crore. The NTC has questioned this valuation, demanding a higher price for its land.

Mumbai: Revised draft DP proposes innovative planning tools
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Offers employment generation, affordable housing and roads, FSI of 5 for all hotels, aims to bring suburds under uniform urban planning.

Maharashtra set to see more highrises, construction in its green belts
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Government’s town planners had originally marked such land parcels as green belts since they were designed to prevent urban sprawl by restricting construction activity on these.

Mumbai demats TDR, plans online trading
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

In Mumbai’s construction industry, where a few hundred square metres of additional construction spaces can translate into crores of rupees, TDR certificates are the equivalent of the stock of blue-chip companies.

Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail doctor writes to Maharashtra Home dept, accuses official of graft
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Letter claims preferential treatment given to undertrials in lieu of money.

Open spaces around buildings set to shrink in Mumbai
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Likely inclusions in draft DC regulations: increased parking space, more buildable area for plots, development charges to be paid by builders.

After CAG report, Shabana NGO faces action
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

The government’s latest notice to the NGO, issued on December 1, 2015, calculated the amount payable by MWS as Rs 74 lakh, which includes the interest accumulated over the years.

Pitch against excise duty evokes mixed response from jewellers
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Since March 2, jewellers have been agitating against the Narendra Modi-led government over imposition of an excise duty.

Maharashtra: New law soon to protect tenants from rogue landlords
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Govt recognises reconstruction right of a tenant living in an unsafe building.

Wife consenting to stay separately to be entitled to maintenance: Maharashtra govt
Mon, Apr 04, 2016

The government has also said CrPC would be further amended to remove ceiling on the extent of maintenance to be paid.

Mumbai’s open spaces will not be in private hands anymore
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

Government to make open space maintenance mandatory for the BMC; move seen as a barb at Shiv Sena.

Budget 2016-17: Demands for crisis-laden agrarian sector cleared without any discussion
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Spend plans for Revenue and Forest dept, Cooperation, Marketing, and Textiles dept, and Women and Child Development department see no debate as well.

Buying a home and developing properties get costlier in Mumbai
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Govt to hike RR rates by 8-10%; some relief expected in commercial belts.

Maharashtra BJP ministers ‘corner’ multiple govt bungalows
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

Senior officials confirmed that Tawde has been reluctant to vacate it even after taking possession of a bungalow, Sevasadan, in Mumbai’s Malabar Hill that he is entitled to as a cabinet minister.

Maharashtra bets big on land, FSI revenue; plans to collect Rs 11,698 cr to fill coffers
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

The govt anticipates that it will earn Rs 5000 crore from premiums on the sale of additional FSI for development projects, especially in Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Maharashtra cuts capital investment in farm sector
Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Drought, erratic rains have pushed the sector into a negative spiral again.

Maharashtra: Debt mounting, off-budget borrowings to fund infrastructure projects
Sun, Mar 20, 2016

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had spelt out a similar route for infrastructure projects taken up by the ministries of railways and road transport in the Centre’s Budget, an approach that invited criticism from P Chidambaram.

Maharashtra’s latest tax amnesty: an ‘all-carrot’ policy for traders
Sun, Mar 20, 2016

Under the scheme, for tax raised between April 1, 2005 and March 31, 2012, dealers will have to pay the unpaid tax and 25 per cent of the interest amount for waiver of the remaining dues.

Maharashtra Budget: How Centre bailed out Maharashtra from slipping into deep financial mess
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

It increased grants-in-aid in 2015-16 from estimated `17,869 crore to `24,982 crore, a nearly 40% hike.

Maharashtra budgets: Rs 25,000-cr thrust on agriculture
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

In a replication of the Union Budget for 2016-17, the distressed farmer was the focal point of Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar’s Budget speech in the state legislature on Friday.

In the shadow of drought, Maharashtra projects 8% growth
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Farm growth negative again, industrial growth slips, manufacturing up.

Now it’s Congress: Bharat Mata Ki Jai or else
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

Congress Joins NCP, BJP, Sena in Maharashtra to gang up, suspend Owaisi party MLA for refusing to say slogan in Assembly.

Solid waste management: BMC won’t challenge HC’s building ban order
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

On February 29, the Bombay High Court had halted the process of granting permissions for construction of new residential and commercial buildings.

Fortunes declining, BJP turns corruption buster
Wed, Mar 16, 2016

The Devendra Fadnavis government is using the ‘anti-corruption’ tool to arrest its own decline, party sources admitted.

Thane builder suicide: Fadnavis govt directs civic body to disqualify 4 accused corporators
Mon, Mar 14, 2016

Parmar had shot himself dead on October 7, 2015. He had left behind a suicide note blaming some politicians for mental harassment and demanding payoffs.

Maharashtra: Real Estate Bill nullifies key provision in state Act
Sat, Mar 12, 2016

The Centre’s much-touted real estate Bill, approved by the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, has nullified a provision made by the Maharashtra government that permits it to grant “deemed” conveyance of lands to housing societies where building firms or land owners are refusing the mandatory transfer of land titles. That is because the Centre’s Bill does […]

Water expert handpicked by CM Fadnavis quits, questions dept’s ‘lack of will’
Sat, Mar 12, 2016

In December, Fadnavis, who was reportedly unhappy with the performance of the water resources department, had appointed Mendhegiri, who is seen as a whistleblower in the multi-crore irrigation scam, as an advisor to the Maharashtra government.

In Maharashtra, relief likely for nearly 2 lakh illegal buildings
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

The Maharashtra cabinet Thursday accepted an expert panel’s report on regularisation of unauthorised constructions in such belts. Sources said a bill would now be tabled in the state legislature.

Budget sessions begins: Maharashtra deficit numbers dent Fadnavis’s economic revival plan
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

State revenue deficit to grow nearly 3.5 times of the target: BJP fails to keep promise

Over 2 decades later, Narmada dam oustees still wait for relief
Mon, Mar 07, 2016

Govt issues allotment letter for land promised 10 yrs ago without acquiring it; DC says survey ordered to identify all such cases

Norms flouted for electricity concessions to private firms in Mumbai
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

Between August and September last year, the Maharashtra energy department issued orders sanctioning refunds on electricity duty payments in 38 cases.

Maharashtra to roll out economic stimulus for small businesses, says Sudhir Mungantiwar
Fri, Mar 04, 2016

Maharashtra to roll out economic stimulus for small businesses, says Mungantiwar.

Water security alone cannot overcome farm crisis: Sudhir Mungantiwar
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar discusses plans to push allied farm businesses and open up new avenues for distressed farmers in his 2016-17 budget. He spoke to Sandeep Ashar on challenges before state’s economy.

No GST in sight, Maharashtra may take a Rs 7,000-crore hit in 2016-17
Wed, Mar 02, 2016

The plan was to introduce GST from April 1, 2016. For this, the state had been pushing the Centre to put in place a special mechanism to compensate large manufacturing states for five years in the first phase of the GST.

Highrise buildings in Mumbai to take care of wet waste on their own
Wed, Feb 17, 2016

State tightens building norms after fire at Deonar dump