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Maharashtra: Govt to issue smart cards to overcome late disbursal of post matriculation scholarships
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

On Wednesday, The Indian Express had highlighted how budget cuts and red tape had delayed post matriculation scholarships due in 2018-19 and 2019-20 for 9.09 lakh students from disadvantaged sections across the state.

Maharashtra: CM set to cap real estate premium incentive, no benefit to builders after December 31, next year
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Sources, however, said that Uddhav, during the meeting, made it clear that the concession was a stimulus package to help the sector recover from losses suffered due to the lockdown and will not be applicable post December 31, 2021.

State paves way for redevelopment of unauthorised buildings in Mumbai
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

According to government estimates, there are over 4 lakh unauthorised constructions in Maharashtra's urban belts, with Navi Mumbai and Thane in MMR accounting for a sizeable number among these.

Maharashtra: Covid cuts, red tape delay scholarship for over 9 lakh students
Wed, Dec 09, 2020

State government data shows that at least 9.10 lakh students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Other Backward Classes (OBC), Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes (VJNT) and Special Backward Class (SBC) communities have been put in a precarious situation due to it delay in scholarship disbursal for 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Maharashtra OBC ministers want caste-based survey, proportionate budget outlays
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

While an OBC census count was last carried out in 1931, the panel asked the CM to write to the Centre to recommence it. “If this is not possible, the government should survey all the OBCs in the state,” the report stated.

Maharashtra: Self-certification of row houses, small bungalows now permitted
Tue, Dec 08, 2020

In 2017, the previous Devendra Fadnavis government had first introduced self-certification for building plans in the low-risk category. The Uddhav Thackeray regime has taken a step forward in the reform.

Maharashtra: Club houses, pools can now be built on green belts
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

Easing curbs on development of “green belt” land marked in development plans (DP) of urban local bodies, the state government has also allowed the entire floor space index (FSI) potential of a green belt to be loaded on the remaining land in the same layout or a plot.

Maharashtra govt hikes commercial Floor Space Index in smaller cities
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

FSI is a tool that defines the extent of construction that is permissible on a plot. It is the ratio of the total built-up area to the total plot area.

BMC to take over Mulund jumbo Covid-19 facility
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

Additional Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, who is the civic body’s nodal officer for all jumbo care facilities, told The Indian Express that he had asked the civic Public Health Department to run the facility.

Maharashtra: Don’t take things lying down from allies, Congress tells party ministers, MLAs
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

In a meeting chaired by All India Congress Committee's Maharashtra in charge H K Patil at the Vidhan Bhavan, all party ministers and legislators were specifically asked not to take things lying down even from the allies.

Unqualified contractor, insufficient staff, norms violated: Dean’s note exposes lapses at Mulund jumbo Covid care facility
Fri, Dec 04, 2020

Further, the facility violated discharge practices as prescribed by ICMR and was keeping asymptomatic patients admitted even after the completion of the prescribed 10-day quarantine period. The additional commissioner had even served it a notice in this regard.

High drama in Congress meet, Nitin Raut targets Balasaheb Thorat
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

In Mumbai on a two-day trip, All India Congress Committee Maharashtra in charge H K Patil had convened a meeting of party leaders belonging to the Scheduled Castes.

Not here to snatch anything: Yogi Adityanath hits back at Uddhav Thackeray
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

Taking on Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Adityanath said, “I’m not here to snatch anything away, why are you so worried?”

For Shiv Sena and BJP, battle for BMC will dominate 2021
Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Amid indications that BJP may inch closer to MNS in run-up to the polls, Sena is believed to be keen on stitching a broad pre-poll pact with NCP and Congress.

Maharashtra: Rush to avail stamp duty cut continues to fuel property market
Sun, Nov 29, 2020

Two months after the state government cut the stamp duty on property transactions in a bid to revive economy, figures show that it has given a much-needed boost to property sales.

‘There are issues but they get resolved’: Maharashtra Congress chief
Sun, Nov 29, 2020

The biggest achievement by the coming together of the three parties was keeping the BJP at bay. I'm of the firm belief that the BJP's ideology and their style of functioning are detrimental to the nation's interest in the longer term, said Balasaheb Thorat.

Alliance doing well, must tread carefully during local polls: Balasaheb Thorat
Sat, Nov 28, 2020

Thorat's remarks assume significance at a time when the Congress itself seems divided on contesting the 2022 BMC elections as part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi.

Fillip for real estate sector: Construction premiums set to be halved till Dec 2021
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Industry captains have been demanding a sector-specific stimulus contending that the slowdown and the liquidity freeze, worsened by the lockdown, was eroding wealth and causing job losses, besides delaying completion of construction projects.

Govt nod to widening of road adjacent to Bombay Gymkhana
Wed, Nov 25, 2020

One of the oldest gymkhanas in India and a premier sports club, Bombay Gymkhana has been locked in a bitter battle with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over the widening of the Hazarimal Somani Marg, which connects Fashion Street to CST.

Maharashtra: After state cabinet nod, FYJC admissions to restart after two-month gap
Wed, Nov 25, 2020

Sources said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray gave the the nod to the resume admissions based on an opinion from the state's Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni.

Govt dilutes cluster scheme for Mumbai, projects allowed on narrower roads
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Dovetailing the buildable area incentives with the road width to avoid development of pencil-thin structures, the existing policy allows implementation of such schemes only for arrears served by roads that are at least 60 feet or 18.3-m wide.

Covid cases under check, Maharashtra turns focus on real estate to raise revenue
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

On Thursday, the Shiv Sena led Urban Development department (UDD) kicked off the process of sanctioning major land use and floor space index modifications proposed to Mumbai’s development plan to boost real estate activity.

At Dharavi’s Kumbharwada, potters hope for a bright Diwali
Fri, Nov 13, 2020

Yousuf Galwani (38), whose firm also handles corporate orders for pottery, says the collective clamour to move away from Chinese lamps and lights has also helped business. So has the government’s push to go “vocal for local”.

Maharashtra CM bats for Mumbai airport slum rehabilitation
Thu, Nov 12, 2020

On Wednesday, officials said that a relocation plan for 17,200 hutments existing on airport land near the Mithi river banks in Kurla — Indira Nagar, Sevak Nagar, Kranti Nagar, Sandesh Nagar, Vijay Nagar and Gandhi Nagar — was discussed in detail.

At Mumbai’s Bihari Tekdi, Tejashwi’s job plank resonates but Modi’s face sells
Wed, Nov 11, 2020

While most of the residents in the locality hail from Mithilanchal, a traditional BJP stronghold, many agreed that Tejashwi Yadav’s employment poll plank had resonated with them making him the new poster boy for these migrant families.

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