A senior minister said the decision is designed to blunt the impact of the 16 per cent reservation offered in Maharashtra to the dominant Maratha community, and the 10 per cent reservation by the Centre to economically weaker sections of the general category.
The BEST Kamgaar Samyukta Kriti Samiti, a collective outfit representing the striking employees, has been demanding refixation of pay scale of 13,000-odd employees recruited below the regular grade since 2007, with retrospective effect.
According to senior Congress leaders, the Nandurbar seat also has an emotional and historical significance for India’s grand old party — the UPA even launched several marquee development initiatives from this tribal-dominated constituency.
With a fleet of 3,337 buses, the BEST, which is also the second largest mode of public transport in Mumbai, employs around 39,000 people. It pays Rs 135 crore a month towards their salaries and wages — an annual wage bill of Rs 1,620 crore.
While the Bombay High Court did not strike down the amnesty scheme entirely, it read down amendments introduced in the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act, 1966, in this regard that have virtually rendered it toothless.
FSI is a tool that defines the extent of construction permissible on a plot. Under the government’s incentive policy, such projects were eligible for an FSI of 2.5 (2.5 times the plot area) in residential zones.
While the state government had sanctioned Mumbai’s new development plan (DP) on May 8, major modifications proposed in permissible floor space index (FSI) for various development and redevelopment schemes were sanctioned in the EP and approved on September 21.
Mumbai’s new development plan, which has special regulations for Dharavi's redevelopment, has enhanced the overall buildable space that can be constructed in the project through revisions in certain regulations.
According to a notification brought out by the state’s excise department, such restaurants can now obtain a valid licence to operate bars on their rooftops. There was no provision in the excise rules previously to allow such a facility.
The incentive scheme has been contentious from the start with developers exploiting it to build slum/PAP tenements in far-off suburbs where land prices are very low and then utilising the additional construction rights on plots in prime locations.
The state cultural department submitted a report from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences which stated that Ghai’s school “eminently qualifies as a higher and technical institute (HTI)”, to the state cabinet, which approved the allotment Tuesday.