Sandeep A Ashar


Opposition: Days after SIT disclosed plans to arrest minister, CM Fadnavis transferred probe
Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Congress says Fadnavis misusing his position to shield his ministers, misleading legislature

Governor Vidyasagar Rao had cautioned Pankaja Munde over food contract
Thu, Jul 14, 2016

Department had told Cabinet it would float independent tenders.

Bombay HC: Tender issued to create monopoly for handful of suppliers
Thu, Jul 14, 2016

The Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court, setting aside the tender notice, has indicated that it was issued in a manner that would create a monopoly for a handful of suppliers.

New ministers will have to jostle for residential and office space
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Ex-ministers continue to occupy bungalows, Tawde clings on to additional one

Maharashtra Cabinet reshuffle: Pankaja Munde tweets a headache for CM Fadnavis
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Indicates she was not kept in loop before being divested of 2 important portfolios; supporters burn CM effigy in Beed

Maharashtra: Norms flouted in multi-crore drug purchase
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

CM Fadnavis confirmed that he had received Sahai’s report. Assigning the responsibility for a “detailed probe” to Sahai again, he said, “We have asked him to submit a final report in the matter.”

Two decades after panel recommendation, policy to push redevelopment in Mumbai suburbs
Tue, Jun 28, 2016

On the lines of cessed buildings in island city, suburban properties tagged as dilapidated or dangerous to get higher FSI

After Khadse, another Maharashtra minister, Ravindra Waikar, under graft cloud
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

According to an official note accessed by The Sunday Express, Waikar, while making the case for lifting of the ban, referred to a specific building project.

Mumbai: Prisons told to improve healthcare for inmates
Mon, Jun 20, 2016

The MHSHRC order issued last week requires the state to make immediate arrangements to appoint regular doctors in state prisons.

Maharashtra: Tribal Minister unaware, OSDs issue orders using his letterhead
Tue, Jun 14, 2016

In June, when the minister had returned from his tour, his second OSD Mahesh Devare used Sawra’s letterhead to issue directives to stay Rs 19.97-crore road development work in Nandurbar.

Welfare Project in Nandurbar: Crores meant for poor tribals siphoned off
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

The investigation suggests the irregularities began in 2013.

MIDC land row: EOW chief shunted out, probe ordered
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Maharashtra Industries Minister Subhash Desai has ordered a probe into the controversy.

After Eknath Khadse, senior IPS officer faces heat over Pune land deal
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

The police complaint is part of a 116-page dossier that the MIDC’s Pune office has shared with its Mumbai-based headquarters. Senior government functionaries have been apprised of the matter, sources confirmed.

Khadse resigns: Finally, it was impropriety in land deal that claimed minister
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

CM told party high command that Khadse’s conduct on issue was ‘indefensible’

One plot, two rates: How Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse’s family undervalued 3-acre plot
Thu, Jun 02, 2016

Eknath Kadse land deal: The registration record shows the plot’s true market value at Rs 3.75 crore even as it records the minimum rate for the property as Rs 25,630 per sq m.

Fate of plot could be decided by official in Khadse’s dept
Thu, Jun 02, 2016

The fate of the land purchased by Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse’s kin may well be decided by an official from his own department.

Mumbai set for a sea change: Revised DP proposes lifting of curbs in CRZ-II areas
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

Nearly 43.48 sqkm or roughly 9 per cent of Mumbai’s total land area falls under CRZ-II, going by official records.

Before family bought land, Eknath Khadse held meeting to talk compensation
Mon, May 30, 2016

Records reviewed by The Indian Express show that Khadse’s wife, Mandakini, and son-in-law, Dattaram Chaudhari, purchased the land from Abbas Ukani on April 27, 2016 for Rs 3.75 crore.

BMC bid to unlock NDZs may benefit big business houses most
Thu, May 26, 2016

BMC has set a target of constructing 10 lakh ‘affordable’ homes in Mumbai within the next two decades

Ambedkar memorial: Indu Mill land transfer deal is final
Wed, May 25, 2016

National Textile Corporation to get Rs 1413.48 cr through sale of transferable development rights.

Maharashtra government to provide homes to those living in post-2000 slum homes in Mumbai
Wed, May 25, 2016

State govt’s big slum move ahead of Mumbai polls.

Maharashtra’ s Jalyukta Shivar audit: 2,407 km of streams deepened, widened
Tue, May 24, 2016

For a better perspective on the extent of the work carried out, the Mithi river in Mumbai runs along an 18-km length.

Bribery charges: Maharashtra ACB report gives ‘clean chit’ to Khadse, aides
Tue, May 31, 2016

The ACB’s status report concedes that Patil had indeed named “one Saheb, Unmesh and Bhoi” during a conversation with Jadhav on September 22, 2015.

Mumbai’s multi-crore medicine buy: Month on, probe yet to begin
Sun, May 22, 2016

The role of senior bureaucrats stationed with NHM in Maharashtra, the state’s health department, and senior medics functioning with the Directorate of Health Services (DHS) had come under the scanner in the matter.

Mantralaya bribery scandal: ACB expands probe, likely to quiz Eknath Khadse OSD
Thu, May 19, 2016

The ACB is also likely to summon Khadse’s Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Unmesh Mahajan within a week’s time in connection with the case.

Contentious solar pump purchase contract gets nod by Maharashtra govt
Thu, May 19, 2016

CM had earlier stayed the Rs 530-crore purchase after Opposition raised red flag.

BMC’s draft Development Plan 2014-34: Luxury commercial buildings can construct more, for lesser premium
Fri, May 13, 2016

Fungible FSI for commercial buildings, malls and multiplexes raised by 10 per cent.

BMC to issue development rights to owners who cede unbuildable land
Fri, May 13, 2016

Senior civic officials said the new tool was aimed at bettering the poor per capita public open space ratio in Mumbai.

No hike for MLAs, MLCs due to Maharashtra drought: Lawmakers to get iPads, 67% hike in PAs’ salaries
Thu, May 05, 2016

The proposal, said Mungantiwar, was to raise the salaries from Rs 15,000 per month to Rs 25,000 — a 67 per cent hike.

Mumbai: Giving up plots for public use will bring in rewards
Tue, May 03, 2016

Mumbai civic body to offer higher construction rights to plot owners, societies for building public amenities.

How Mumbai has gained 15 sq km by the sea
Tue, May 03, 2016

A patch of virgin land first detected by satellites 7 years ago has now been officially proposed to be part of Mumbai. SANDEEP ASHAR explains what popped out of the sea and when, and what happens to it now.

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.