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State to oppose Centre’s plan to repeal its housing Act
Fri, Jun 26, 2015

Parliamentary panel to hold consultations on real estate Bill in Mumbai today.

Allegations against Pankaja Munde bring family feud to fore
Sat, Jun 27, 2015

Estranged cousin Dhananjay was the initial ‘whistleblower’; WCD dept stands by Pankaja.

‘Housing for all’ target could be scaled down
Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Current goal of 19 lakh homes by 2022 too steep to achieve, say officials.

City’s biggest housing project hits green hurdle
Tue, Jun 23, 2015

BMC has cited a Supreme Court ruling of 2013 that mandates minimum 15 to 25 per cent of the plot area as recreational open space at the ground level.

Mumbai rains: Heavy downpour expected today too
Sat, Jun 20, 2015

City receives 197 mm rain, witnesses a high tide of 4.45 metres; commuters hit hard as locals cancelled; Bombay High Court declares holiday, schools shut.

Graft money recovery: Govt sits on bill for easier property seizure
Fri, Jun 19, 2015

At least 250 pending cases where nod was sought for recovery of assets to compensate for loss to public exchequer.

After Chhagan Bhujbal, more Opp leaders set to face graft probe
Thu, Jun 18, 2015

“The ACB’s preliminary investigations suggest that the stay was questionable,” a senior state official said.

Incentives for IT/ITeS: FSI hike, incentives to cover more beneficiaries
Wed, Jun 17, 2015

FSI hike, incentives to cover more beneficiaries.

Building permits account for almost half of construction cost
Sat, Jun 13, 2015

Mumbai was ranked as the world’s 12th most expensive city to live and work in by global real estate giant Savills’ in 2014.

Water projects under cloud as Centre cuts its share of funds
Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Earlier, Central assistance for water projects ranged between 75% and 90%. That has now been lowered to 50%, which burdens state finances.

State takes steps to regulate milk
Tue, Jun 09, 2015

70 Aarey stalls in Mumbai sealed for unauthorised use, flying squads to check supply of adulterated milktrade.

No prior govt nod needed for additional FSI in cessed buildings in Mumbai
Sun, Jun 07, 2015

The government has delegated these powers to MHADA, which could benefit around 2,200 buildings in the island city

Maharashtra government relaxes building norms around jails
Sun, Jun 07, 2015

Buffer zones reduced to 150 metres for central jails, 100 metres for district jails in line with Centre’s jail manual

Maharashtra: 100 shortlisted for CM’s internship programme
Sat, Jun 06, 2015

Six in 10 applicants opt out of online test.

Mumbai’s super luxury project in the eye of storm
Thu, Jun 04, 2015

‘Developer of twin 64-storey project seeks perks for rehabilitating himself’, govt agencies raise red flag

Maharashtra Govt plans cloud seeding in Vidarbha, Marathwada if monsoon is below par
Wed, Jun 03, 2015

Senior officials said that the government is looking at international agencies that undertake the cloud-seeding exercise.

BMC chief pulls the plug on post-retirement jobs
Sun, May 31, 2015

The decision to discontinue the retirement postings comes after an RTI activist Anil Galgali had raised voice against the issue.

10 months on, Maharashtra to get a Lokayukta
Sat, May 30, 2015

Maharashtra was the first to enact the Lokayukta and Upa Lokayukta Act in 1971.

State to offload its milk units, charge brand royalty
Fri, May 29, 2015

The state plans to charge 18-24 paise for each litre of milk sold under the arrangement, according to official sources.

Maharashtra government tweaks housing norm
Fri, May 29, 2015

Builders no longer need to construct EWS, LIG homes in most projects now.

Every party has its own agenda in wooing Marathi manoos
Thu, May 28, 2015

Barely seven months after the assembly polls, identity politics is the flavour of Maharashtra politics.

An ally cautions: ‘We did not send right signals’
Tue, May 26, 2015

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan: Whatever could be achieved in a year was achieved, the controversies courted by certain elements in the BJP had not sent the “right signal”

BJP has issued notices to some people… but notices not enough: Ram Vilas Paswan
Tue, May 26, 2015

In assessing his government’s first year, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan says controversial remarks from within BJP and affiliates have sent wrong signals.

Navi Mumbai farmers can trade part of compensation amount for floating FSI
Fri, May 22, 2015

The CIDCO, a state-run undertaking, and the nodal agency for the NMIA project, has acquired 671 hectares of private land owned by 1,200 villagers for the airport project.

Construction norms for industrial units to be relaxed soon
Thu, May 21, 2015

Barring a 6-metre stretch for access to fire engines, no other restrictions on ground coverage would be applicable to the units.

Mumbai metro rail: State considers elevated Metro route
Thu, May 21, 2015

Devendra Fadnavis directed officials to consider the option of elevated stretches for the Charkop-Bandra-Dahisar and Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro lines.

New norms allow townships in all industrial pockets
Mon, May 18, 2015

Notification soon; once notified as integrated industrial areas, land parcels measuring over 40 hectares can see commercial & residential developments

Maharashtra govt plans ‘state guest’ status for Maharashtra BJP chief
Fri, May 15, 2015

The state BJP chief initially denied having demanded any special status from the state, but later said it was possible that the CMO enquired about it on its own.

Irrigation scam: ‘Illegal’ tenders worth over Rs 500 crore surface
Fri, May 15, 2015

Irregular tenders worth several hundred crore were floated in the run up to polls.

Pending RTE dues: Centre’s refusal to pay puts onus on state
Wed, May 13, 2015

Govt may find it tough to bear burden on its own.

Land Acquisition: Maharashtra offers a sweet land deal
Wed, May 13, 2015

The state revenue department notified fresh guidelines to allow direct purchase of land.

Maharashtra: Sugar mills to get export subsidy
Tue, May 12, 2015

Amnesty scheme for traders defaulting on LBT on the cards

Maharashtra to track students’ academic record to arrest education slide
Mon, May 11, 2015

Fadnavis govt has decided to put into practice a Aadhaar-based unique child education tracking system in the age group of 6-14 years.

State plans more sops for IT parks despite ‘rampant misuse’ of FSI
Fri, May 08, 2015

New policy draft pushes for additional FSI, another proposal crafts an exit route for IT parks.

Maharashtra may abolish tree felling permit for industries
Thu, May 07, 2015

Govt considering per tree fee to replace prior permission, also plans to exempt MSMEs from seeking nod to draw water up to a certain limit from dams.

Kripashankar Singh: From selling vegetables to ‘assets of Rs 95 cr’, man who became face of Congress in Mumbai
Tue, May 05, 2015

Read the rise and fall of Kripashankar singh, from his humble origins in jaunpur to top congress leader in Mumbai to corruption accused.