Housing challenges in the financial capital dominated a marathon meeting of Mumbais legislators with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday as elected members from all parties raised issues pertaining to the newly-implemented Development Control Rules (DCR),slum rehabilitation projects,non-starter redevelopment projects and capital value-based property tax assessment to be implemented soon.
A day after expressing his angst at the slow pace of decision-making in the state government regarding key infrastructure projects,South Mumbai MP Milind Deora on Thursday rubbished suggestions that his apparent chiding of the Prithviraj Chavan-led government was part of a political wrangling underway in the party. I speak as a Mumbaikar,not a minister, he […]
Acting swiftly following the Supreme Court verdict on land allotted to Bollywood director Subhash Ghai by the Vilasrao Deshmukh government in 2000,the state government is set to take back land from Ghais Whistling Woods International as early as in the next two-three working days.
As the state Congress prepares for an organisational overhaul and a cabinet rejig,various factions have got the knives out for everybody from Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and state unit chief Manikrao Thakre
Well over two months after the state government approved the formal paperwork to be issued to private players interested in bidding for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project,and nine months since the draft masterplan for the proposed greenfield airport was okayed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation,there has been no progress in inviting bids for the crucial infrastructure project.
With one of the Congress partys strongest bastions in Mumbai all but completely lost in last weeks civic election results,politicians and community leaders in Dharavi are laying the blame squarely on the long delay in starting the Rs 15,000-crore Dharavi Redevelopment Project.
Results in,senior Congress leaders in Mumbai,including Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan,admitted Friday evening that their central strategy of fighting the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections in an alliance with the Nationalist Congress Party had backfired.
His clout somewhat depleted after an embarrassing rout in municipal council polls in his home district of Sindhudurg and with several senior supporters deserting him to return to the Shiv Sena last year,Industries Minister Narayan Rane has still managed to get about a dozen Congress tickets for his supporters to contest the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation election.
The NCP may have emerged as the party with the largest number of elected councillors in the local body elections in small towns in the state,which concluded in December,but in Mumbai it remains a party with a minor,though growing,presence.
With Nationalist Congress Party state president Madhukar Pichad announcing in Sangli on Friday that one more Member of Parliament is scheduled to cross over into the party fold,the party continues to show a sudden growth spurt just before crucial elections to 10 municipal corporations and 27 Zilla Parishads.
A handful of tribal hamlets on hillocks along its eastern boundary of Appapada skirting the Sanjay Gandhi National Park,and fishing villages at Madh and Marve along its western boundary,P-North Ward in Malad,which has massive swathes of some of Mumbais most squalid shanty towns and some pockets of suburban gentrification with malls and multiplexes,brings out the prosperity poverty paradox of the financial capital most sharply.