Sandeep A Ashar

Articles By Sandeep A Ashar

Maharashtra: Crisis of candidates grips Congress

Several senior leaders reluctant to contest, party doesn’t have many winnable candidates.

Nearly 72 years later, hope for a ‘home’ for Sindhi migrants

Maharashtra govt on Monday gave plans for the redevelopment of these age-old low-rise colonies a boost.

Mumbai Confidential: Extended Tenure

Mantralaya sources said that Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, who is set to retire this month-end, is likely to get at least a three-month extension in view of the upcoming Assembly elections.

Maharashtra govt to change regulations for construction inside Bandra Kurla Complex

While constructions on such MHADA-owned lands are permitted to utilise a total floor space index (FSI) of 1.5 to 2 at present, the proposed modification, once implemented, will increase it to FSI of 3.

Maharashtra to convert 25 forts into heritage hotels, wedding venues

As the first step in this direction, the state-run Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has identified about 25 forts across the state that will be offered to heritage hoteliers and hospitality chains on lease.

Govt housing schemes: One family eligible for only one flat in Maharashtra, cabinet nod expected soon

Acting on a Bombay High Court order, the Maharashtra government has decided to tighten norms regarding the eligibility of beneficiaries in government housing schemes.

Mumbai Confidential: Midnight Drama

In what is being seen as a personal setback to Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat, party’s MLA from Shrirampur, Bhausaheb Kamble, stepped down on Saturday.

Maharashtra to bypass Centre’s land Act to acquire dilapidated buildings in Mumbai

Law dept questions move, Shiv Sena-led BMC loses control over some areas

Mumbai: Coming up: 3.57 lakh affordable homes in three MMR districts

Under the PMAY scheme, the Maharashtra government has so far sanctioned the construction of 5,63,476 houses for the weaker sections on government and private lands in partnership with builders across the state.

Maharashtra elections: Jyotiraditya Scindia named chairman of Congress screening committee

Sources said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has expressed her displeasure over the slow pace of preparations.

Mumbai: Slowdown, rising costs hit plan to develop off-street parking on private land

While 51,480 new parking spaces were to be created based on the approvals granted, statistics show that less than 51 per cent of these (26,186) have been readied and handed over to the municipality so far.

Eye on polls, Maharashtra govt’s package for real estate industry

With Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis sanctioning the package on Monday, the BJP government is likely to roll it out on Tuesday.

Devendra Fadnavis’ Rs 2,200-crore push for Mumbai’s real estate industry

Industry captains have justified the sector-specific stimulus arguing that the slowdown and the liquidity freeze was eroding wealth and causing job losses, besides delaying the completion of projects.

Maharashtra flood toll rises to 43, govt pegs losses at Rs 6,814 crore

A staggering 4.06 lakh hectare farm area under kharif cultivation has been ravaged, inflicting losses to over 8.7 lakh farmers.

Explained: How a project to link rivers has divided BJP-ruled Maharashtra, Gujarat

Among the priority river interlinking projects were the Damanganga-Pinjal (DP) and Par-Tapi-Narmada (PTN) links, involving Maharashtra and Gujarat. The other priority links were Ken-Betwa (UP and MP) and Godavari-Cauvery (Andhra and Tamil Nadu).

Mumbai confidential: Setting the stage?

Sources said that Sayyad, who is currently also the women president of Vinayak Mete-led Shivsangram, is interested in contesting the upcoming state poll from the Srigonda assembly seat in Ahmednagar.

Maharashtra flood recedes: 40 dead, over 4 lakh in camps, 203 roads still cut off

The toll touched 40 on Sunday, as rescuers recovered five more bodies from last week’s boat capsize in Sangli district.

Maharashtra: Damanganga-Pinjal river link will still have a Gujarat component

On July 31, the Maharashtra government had decided to walk out of the two river linking projects — Par-Tapi-Narmada and Damanganga-Pinjal — it was to execute with Gujarat, citing delay in implementation.

Mumbai Confidential: A book to read

According to sources, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, who is seen in political circles as Shah’s close confidante, has been distributing the book among IAS officers in the state secretariat.

Hardlook: Open for entries

Several prominent Congress and NCP leaders crossed over to BJP and Shiv Sena recently. The Indian Express analyses how this is reshaping the political map of the state ahead of Assembly elections