Sandeep A Ashar

Articles By Sandeep A Ashar

Fadnavis sweetens deal: Maratha reservation to apply from 2014

A government resolution (GR) issued by the chief minister-led general administration department stated that the reservation will be applied from 2014.

Maharashtra’s irrigated land area sees 23% rise

According to the latest statistics compiled by the state’s Water Resources department, the total irrigated area in the state is now 40 lakh hectares (ha) as of June 30.

Maharashtra: 23 per cent large dams have major defects

A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India’s report has revealed that 313 out of the 1,332 major and medium dams in Maharashtra — roughly 23 per cent — have deficiencies that demand urgent attention.

Maharashtra: Repaired weeks ago, Ratnagiri dam breaches, 23 feared dead

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered a high-level probe and Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, who visited the area Wednesday, announced that strict action will be initiated against officials found responsible.

Mumbai Confidential: Trending now

If sources in the Shiv Sena are to be believed, Aaditya Thackeray played a big role in convincing @officeofUT to start tweeting. Earlier this month, Aaditya was also instrumental in launching the Shiv Sena-controlled Mumbai municipality’s Twitter account.

Maharashtra House panel charges slum authority with favouring developers

While Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India had previously raised audit objections in this regard, the SRA had contested these. After hearing both sides, the PAC has sided with the former, rapping the SRA for passing on undue favours to developers at the cost of larger public interest.

Mystery deepens over Pune land deal as Chandrakant Patil defends his actions

Official records obtained from his own department contradict revenue minister

Maharashtra minister Chandrakant Patil accused of irregularities in land deals

Patil refuted the allegations as “baseless” and “politically motivated”.

Maharashtra: Income from non-tax sources dips 26%

Raising the red flag, the finance department has said that the share of non-tax revenue to total income would decline to 5.34 per cent in 2019-20.

Monsoon Session: Maharashtra’s tax arrears soar to Rs 89,661 crore

The arrears accumulated over the past two years alone stood at Rs 37,045 crore, show official statistics disclosed by the government while presenting the Budget.

Every drop counts: These water trucks are lifeline for parched Maharashtra

Maharashtra is witnessing one of its worst water emergencies in years, with the government deploying 6,597 tankers to supply water to 5,243 villages and 11,293 hamlets. SANDEEP ASHAR spends a day with MH 09A 9646 and its driver as they travel 148 km to deliver water to some of the most parched villages of Palghar district.

Explained: How severe is the water crisis in Maharashtra? What measures has the government taken?

Record number of tankers are sole source of water in large parts of state. Behind the crisis, late monsoon following a deficit year, depleting groundwater in 279 talukas, under 10% live storage in 13 key reservoirs.

Sharad Pawar questions veracity of EVMs

Sharad Pawar questioned veracity of EVMs and said the issue would be discussed by Opposition parties in Delhi in the presence of experts and technocrats.

Maharashtra: 20 years on, Sharad Pawar’s party still struggling to break the urban jinx

In the 1999 elections, the party had mainly ridden on the support in rural belts to come to power. Twenty years later, the NCP is still struggling to connect with the upwardly mobile voters in urban neighbourhoods.

Defections rattle Congress, NCP camps in Maharashtra

Key desertions from the Congress and the NCP had earlier hit the Opposition’s Lok Sabha campaign in Maharashtra, where both suffered defeats.

Land use changed for ex-bureaucrats’ South Mumbai highrise facing penalty

Nearly 47 years after a 22,055 sq ft prime plot near Mantralaya was allotted to the Shalaka Cooperative Housing Society, the state government has modified the original condition of land use.

Maharashtra: Water crisis worsens, number of deployed tankers crosses 6,200

With fresh water stock in dams fast depleting and the weather department forecasting a delayed onset of monsoon, the government’s own data reveals that residents of 4,920 villages and 10,506 hamlets are now dependent on water tankers for their daily needs, including drinking water.

Maharashtra government planning fresh dole for drought-hit farmers

In June 2017, the Devendra Fadnavis government had rolled out a farm loan waiver scheme for writing off outstanding loans payable by June 30, 2016.

Relegated to fourth spot in Maharashtra, fear of mass exodus grips Congress

Ashok Chavan has offered to resign as state Congress chief accepting moral responsibility for the defeat.

In Mumbai, saffron combine won 31 out of 36 Assembly pockets

Despite contesting the 2014 state polls independently, BJP and Sena had collectively won 30 out of the 36 seats in Mumbai. The Congress had four, AIMIM and Samajwadi Party one each.