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Sandeep A Ashar


On fastest highway, wildlife gets safe passage with bridges, passes
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

On India’s fastest highway — the under-construction Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway, which is designed for a top speed of 150 kmph — the focus is on co-existence, with five 'wildlife bridges' and a network of underpasses being built.

Ajoy Mehta to leave CMO, will be RERA chief
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Since the Thackeray government took over reins in November 2019, Mehta, first as the state’s Chief Secretary and later as Thackeray’s Principal Advisor post retirement, had served as a key link between Thackeray and the bureaucracy and his political allies

Centre cuts Maharashtra’s tax transfers by 30%
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

According to the latest revised estimates for tax devolution to states in 2020-21, Maharashtra will now get Rs 33,742 crore as its share from the divisible pool in the ongoing fiscal, which is Rs 14,758 crore lower than the originally budgeted amount of Rs 48,500 crore.

Maratha quota stir: Thackeray shunts out MPSC secretary
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Earlier this month, an affidavit filed by the MPSC in the ongoing Maratha quota case in the Supreme Court had triggered a major political storm in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Govt’s expectations from Budget: Free-of-cost vaccines, greater share in taxes, higher borrowing limit
Mon, Feb 01, 2021

Still scrambling to raise finances to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Maharashtra, the worst-hit Indian state, is wary that the cost of mass vaccination, if not borne by the Centre, will end up burdening the debt-heavy state’s exchequer.

Maharashtra to power Modi govt’s rooftop solar mission
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

Committing to increase the share of electricity from non-fossil fuel categories to 40 per cent of total capacity by 2030, the central government has launched a program to promote solar power plants across the country.

Mumbai: Suburban rail services likely to resume by February 15
Fri, Jan 29, 2021

The state government earlier considered resuming the services from January, the fear of the UK variant of the novel coronavirus forced it to defer this plan.

‘Govt’s support has made the difference’: Radheshyam Mopalwar
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Chairman-cum-managing director Radheshyam Mopalwar, a retired IAS officer re-employed on contractual basis, speaks to Sandeep Ashar on various aspects of the revival and the way ahead.

Centre caps fund assistance for Pune Metro extension, state will now need to spend more
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

The Centre, which holds 50 per cent equity in the original Metro corridor, has conveyed that it won’t be in a position to contribute more than 10 per cent of the project’s construction cost.

New report in hand, govt set to push for early hearing in Bombay HC
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

On Thursday evening, sources said that Thackeray held detailed deliberations with his Principal Advisor Ajoy Mehta, Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar and senior officials for finalisation of the legal strategy.

CM-appointed panel: ‘Common car shed at Kanjurmarg feasible, but Aarey site not suitable for expansion’
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

With the HC expected to hear the matter next month, Thackeray, in a bid to make a stronger case for Kanjurmarg, had on January 6 formed the chief secretary-led panel to re-evaluate the integration option and the suitability of the sites.

Maharashtra: 240 private land owners pay one-time premium for release of erstwhile ULCRA lands
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

The Act, which was eventually repealed in 2007, had imposed a ceiling on the extent of vacant land that could be held in urban areas in order to prevent the concentration of such lands in a few hands.

Mumbai Congress president Ashok (Bhai) Jagtap: ‘We can’t afford our voter base to shrink’
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

Newly-appointed Mumbai Congress president Ashok (Bhai) Jagtap speaks to The Indian Express on the plans to go solo in BMC polls, the 'Mazhi Mumbai, Mazhi Congress' campaign, factionalism within the party and the promise of free water to slums.

Real estate stimulus: Govt sweetens pot for Mumbai builders
Fri, Jan 15, 2021

In a move that will significantly bring down construction costs, the Uddhav Thackeray government had recently announced the slashing of applicable construction premiums by 50 per cent for all ongoing and new projects across Maharashtra till December 31, 2021.

One protest, one venue, two dates: Cong’s communication gap comes to the fore again
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) had earlier issued instructions to all state units, asking them to organise simultaneous protests in this regard on January 15.

Maharashtra: Rejected a yr ago, dam projects worth Rs 2,989 crore approved
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Questions are being raised over the latest approval since the Thackeray government had last year reversed approvals sanctioned by the previous Devendra Fadnavis government to these very projects.

Cong blueprint for BMC polls: Free water & regularisation for slum households, janata darbars across Mumbai
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

After declaring its intent of contesting the BMC elections independently, the Mumbai Congress has drawn up a plan to regain its lost support base among voters. And to do so, it has opted for the “tried and tested” plan of wooing city’s slum voters with freebies.

Maharashtra’s real estate stimulus package explained: Fee discounts for developers, duty free homes for buyers
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

The government’s latest stimulus package includes measures for lowering upfront costs of construction projects and is focussed on creating an ecosystem that aids domestic demand and building of more homes.

Maharashtra Cabinet Offer for builders: Pay premiums on or before December 31, get 50% off
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

While RR values are market values of a property determined by the state every year for the payment of stamp duty in the course of property transaction, construction premiums payable by the developer are also linked to these values.

Construction premiums halved in Maharashtra
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

In a step that will significantly bring down construction costs, the Cabinet announced lowering of construction premiums by 50 per cent across Maharashtra till December 31.

Uddhav’s real estate sop will hit BMC coffers hard
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

The government is hoping that the rush to avail the sop fuels the property market as witnessed in the case of the previously announced stamp duty concessions.

Maharashtra govt forms panel to build technical case for Metro car shed
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

K V Krishna Rao, Professor of Centre for Urban Science and Engineering at IIT-Bombay, will also be a part of the panel that has been asked to submit its report within a month.

24 years later, Maharashtra govt set to okay tax waiver for Raj Thackeray’s Michael Jackson concert
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

While the earlier Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra had exempted the concert from paying entertainment duty in 1996 itself, a division bench of the Bombay High Court had set aside the old order for “non-application of mind” while remanding the matter back to the government.

Uddhav’s big real estate sop likely today, one tweak on the cards
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

Despite objections raised by the BJP and reservations of ally Congress, sources said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is set to roll out the special package.

Maharashtra unit revamp on cards, PCC chief Thorat rushes to Delhi, offers to quit
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

There is unease in the Thorat camp over the style of functioning of AICC in-charge of the state H K Patil and it is learnt that the state Congress chief has offered to step down if the situation does not improve.