Sandeep A Ashar

Articles By Sandeep A Ashar

Maharashtra govt to give Rs 736 crore aid to OBCs, tribals

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.

Mumbai Congress chief, arch rival in fight for same seat — Mumbai North West

The Mumbai North West seat was earlier represented by former Union Minister Gurudas Kamat, who passed away last August.

Mumbai: Civic body shoots down pay refixation demand

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.

Maharashtra: Congress, NCP seal deal for 45 of 48 Lok Sabha seats

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.

Mumbai: BEST’s salary bill will go up by 33% if unions’ demands are accepted

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.

Mumbai Confidential: Playing traunt

On Sunday, BJP national president Amit Shah visited Latur to review the party’s poll preparedness for the Latur, Nanded, Hingoli and Osmanabad Lok Sabha constituencies.

Fadnavis government announces Rs 150-crore package for onion farmers in Maharashtra

On condition of anonymity, a senior BJP minister admitted that the move was aimed at curbing the unrest among farmers and in rural areas ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Maharashtra likely to clear residential activity on Bandra Kurla Complex commercial plots

According to sources, the state’s town planning wing has already cleared the proposal, and the file is now awaiting the approval of the Chief Minister-led urban development department.

Eye on 2019 polls: Government goes all out to save amnesty scheme for pre-2015 illegal buildings

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.

Fresh polls if NOTA gets most votes, says Maharashtra poll panel

Ever since the NOTA was introduced, rights’ activists and NGOs have been seeking the NOTA winner option to empower voters.

Lagging behind target, govt offers FSI perks to bigger homes

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.

Mumbai’s new development plan misses another deadline, more sops for slum projects

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.

Asia’s largest slum in Mumbai to make way for a new business district

State govt approves fresh plan for Rs 26,000-crore Dharavi redevelopment project, extends fiscal sops and indirect subsidies, including waiver of stamp duty.

Maharashtra govt nod to new plan to change face of Asia’s largest slum

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.

Mumbai Confidential: Feather In The Cap

With the BJP’s own assessment indicating that the public mood this time is not as upbeat as in 2014, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is not leaving anything to chance.

Maharashtra to supply solar pumps to 1 lakh farmers

Considers raising taxes on electricity, off-budget borrowings to fund it

Mumbai: City’s rooftop eateries in star hotels can now operate bars

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.

Mumbai: Real estate’s much sought after slum TDR now linked to land prices

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.

Maharashtra govt leases Film City land to Subhash Ghai’s film school

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.

BJP office in Mumbai under spotlight after change in Development Plan

CM Devendra Fadnavis denies change in plan done to shrink open space or help party office.