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Naresh is a Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, Mumbai, since 2005. He covers the real estate sector, in addition to doing political reportage.

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18 years on, Dharavi’s redevelopment project still to take off

Amina Khan, 65, still recalls the day when it was announced that Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia, was going to be “revamped”

On February 4, 2004 the then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh announced the Dharavi revamp project, which he said, would transform the lives of residents by shifting them from the slum to plush apartments (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 05, 2022 12:24 AM IST

A week after BJP snub, MNS decides to go solo in civic polls

A week after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled out an alliance with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena

MNS chief Raj Thackeray. HT/File
Published on Feb 03, 2022 12:13 AM IST
By, Mumbai:

Lack of major infra projects for Mumbai, MMR annoys ruling parties

Builders call the budget a let-down as it fails to announce major incentives for real estate sector The Union Budget did not have any big bang announcements for Mumbai and Maharashtra, prompting criticism from the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA), while opposition BJP said the budget would spur growth

Labourers work at an under-construction site in Mumbai on Tuesday. Bhushan Koyande/ HT
Updated on Feb 02, 2022 12:12 AM IST
BySwapnil Rawal and Naresh Kamath, Mumbai:

Health minister dismisses rumours of lifting mask mandate

While acknowledging the decline in Covid cases, the Maharashtra government has dismissed reports which said that the rule of mandatorily wearing masks may be lifted soon

State health minister Rajesh Tope said that the peak of the third wave has passed as the state was witnessing a decline in cases (Vijay Bate)
Published on Jan 29, 2022 10:54 PM IST

Adani, L&T in race to revamp Motilal Nagar MHADA colony

The winning bidder has to rehabilitate 5,300 families which include the construction of 3,700 MHADA houses and 1,600 hutments.

Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) would be the nodal agency overseeing this <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>30,000 crore project. (Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 27, 2022 11:48 PM IST

22 Maha districts report Covid-19 positivity rate of 23%

Nagpur has reported the highest positivity rate of 44.59 percent, followed by Pune and Nashik with 42.49 percent and 40.94 percent, respectively.

2,79,621 new Covid-19 cases were recorded during January 20-26 which declined by 2.71 percent as 2,87,421 new cases were recorded during January 13-19. (Vipin Kumar /HT Photo)
Published on Jan 27, 2022 11:03 PM IST

Hospitalisations, cases dip; schools set to reopen

The state government has sought to assuage the concerns voiced by the section of parents who fear the risk of infection

Barring a few districts like Pune, Aurangabad and Ahmednagar, schools in most parts of the state are scheduled to reopen on Monday (Vijay Bate)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 11:35 PM IST

Maharashtra reports nearly 40K Covid-19 cases, officials say situation stabilising

The state has 2,67,659 active cases with Pune leading the tally with 63,169, followed by Thane (60,440) and Mumbai (44,044).

On Tuesday, the state logged 39,207 fresh cases and 53 deaths (Vijay Bate/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 18, 2022 10:10 PM IST

Four decades later, mill workers still wait for redemption

What started out as a labour strike would go onto change the economics, politics, and socio-cultural structure of a city

On January 18, 1982 – exactly 40 years ago – more than a quarter of a million workers from nearly 60 textile mills in Mumbai struck work, demanding better wages and bonuses. (Kunal Patil/HT photo)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 12:05 AM IST

Active cases breach 10k-mark, CM calls for ramped-up vax drive

Maharashtra on Monday recorded 1,426 Covid cases and 21 fatalities, with CM Uddhav Thackeray asking the local authorities to ramp up the vaccination drive to control the outbreak

The surge in cases can be gauged from the fact that the number of active cases has now breached the 10,000-mark from 9,813 on Sunday. (Bachchan Kumar)
Published on Dec 27, 2021 09:53 PM IST

Covid surge forces authorities to restrict year-end celebrations

Some Mumbaiites have chosen to attend New Year’s bash outside the Greater Mumbai jurisdiction, even as event planners and commercial party hosts are looking for a last-minute destination outside the city

On Friday night, BMC issued an order disallowing New Year celebrations in the city. (Satish Bate)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 10:02 PM IST
ByEeshanpriya MS and Naresh Kamath

23 new Omicron cases, state restricts Christmas festivities

This is the second day in a row that the state saw more than 1,000 new infections, raising concerns over the spike in the epidemic

Out of the 23 new Omicron cases reported on Thursday, 13 were found in Pune, five in Mumbai. (Anshuman Poyrekar)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 11:37 PM IST

11 new Omicron cases in state take tally to 65

Of these 11 Omicron cases in state, four were detected at Mumbai airport surveillance screening, while one each was reported in Pimpri Chinchwad, Osmanabad and Navi Mumbai area

Of the eight Omicron cases found at Mumbai airport, one each is from Kerala, Gujarat and Thane while the rest five are Mumbai residents (Anshuman Poyrekar)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 09:04 PM IST

Maharashtra constitutes SIT to probe land grab of religious places

After a series of complaints of the land grab of religious places, the Maharashtra government has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe these cases, officials said

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. (File photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 05:15 PM IST

Central agencies acting against Oppn leaders at Fadnavis’s behest: Nawab Malik

The Maharashtra minister also said the BJP has sensed defeat in the UP elections and has influenced central agencies to act against opposition Samajwadi Party leaders in the northern state

Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik attends a press conference in Mumbai. (HT/ File photo)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 03:58 PM IST

40 million fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in Maharashtra; cases dip by 57.51%

Maharashtra has reported a drop in the number of Covid-19 cases by 57.51 % with 25,588 infections recorded in November, compared to 60,222 in October

There are currently 7,555 active Covid patients across the state of Maharashtra including 2,029 patients in Mumbai. (Bloomberg Photo/representative use)
Updated on Dec 01, 2021 09:31 AM IST

11 districts record higher than Maharashtra’s average Covid weekly cases

As many as 11 districts in Maharashtra recorded a weekly positivity Covid rate that’s higher than the state average of 1.02%

11 districts in Maharashtra recorded Covid cases than the state average of 1.02%. (Bloomberg)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 08:46 PM IST

Maharashtra favours physical school for Class 1 to 4

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday cited the state paediatric task force’s recommendations to say it is in favour of starting physical school for Class 1 to 4, and said a final decision is likely to be taken on Thursday, November 25

Rajesh Tope on Wednesday cited the Maharashtra paediatric task force’s recommendations to say it is in favour of starting physical school for Class 1 to 4. (PTI / Representational picture)
Published on Nov 24, 2021 11:55 PM IST
ByAnkita Menon and Naresh Kamath, Mumbai

Former CM’s visit to Raj Thackeray’s new house fuels alliance rumours

Brushing aside alliance rumours, both MNS and BJP said that there was nothing political about the former CM’s visit

Parties claim the former CM’s visit to Raj Thackeray’s house was personal in nature (HT File)
Published on Nov 24, 2021 07:53 PM IST

Maharashtra may allow physical classes for students from class 1 to 4

Tope said health workers and those involved in essential services should be allowed to get booster doses. He added Maharashtra has administered 110 million vaccine doses

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said the state government has asked the Centre to allow Covid-19 vaccination for the 12-18 age group. (PTI Photo/Representative use)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 04:28 PM IST

Vaccinations, herd immunity reducing active Covid cases in Maharashtra: Experts

Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 766 fresh Covid-19 cases and 19 fatalities from the disease, taking the overall tally of infections to 6,631,297 and the death toll to 140,766

A woman walks past a Covid-awareness graffiti in Mumbai, India. (REUTERS/File)
Published on Nov 24, 2021 09:23 AM IST

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh sells Mumbai apartment for 17.58 crore

According to documents scanned by real estate data analytical and research firm Zapkey.com, the former Indian cricketer paid a stamp duty of ₹87.90 lakh on the transaction

The sale of the apartment was registered on November 18. Cricketer Harbhajan Singh had purchased the property at Andheri in December 2017 from Rustomjee and made the registration in March 2018. (HT FILE)
Published on Nov 23, 2021 10:00 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Maharashtra: Covid-19 cases dipped after Diwali

A surge in cases after Diwali was feared as people gathered for festivities and also travelled in large numbers. In addition, reopening of theatres, auditoriums, schools in October too resulted in more people stepping out of their homes

Mumbai, India -Nov 21, 2021: A BMC health worker collects swab samples for Covid-19 test of passengers arriving on outstation trains at Dadar Station, on 20 November 2021, in Mumbai, India, on Sunday, Nov 21, 2021. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo) (HT PHoto)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 02:28 PM IST

Amravati violence probe one-sided, Hindu protesters being targeted: Devendra Fadnavis

Mumbai Leader of opposition in state Assembly and former Maharashtra chief minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis has alleged that investigations into the recent Amravati violence were ‘one-sided’ and that Hindu protesters were being targeted by the police for the violence

Devendra Fadnavis said while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were being targeted for Amravati violence, minority leaders and protesters were being “shielded” (ANI)
Published on Nov 22, 2021 12:37 AM IST
By, Mumbai

After lull of 20 months, big fat weddings back; traders hopeful of great season

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has estimated 400,000 to be held in Maharashtra alone that are likely to generate business of approximately worth ₹20,000 crore

With the decline in the Covid-19 cases and the Maharashtra government easing restrictions, the ‘big fat Indian weddings’ are back on the cards. Traders hopeful of great season ahead. (/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 16, 2021 11:41 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Covid deaths in Maharashtra dip from 667 to 386 in 1st 15 days of November

Covid toll of Maharashtra since March 2020 stands at 140,602, while its case tally surged to 6,624,986 after 686 new infections were reported on November 15

“Vaccination has blunted the Covid virus and we are seeing less severity, which has resulted in lower hospitalisation. This has also helped in reducing the deaths in Maharashtra,” Dr Ishwar Gilada, secretary-general, Organised Medicine Academic Guild, said. (HT FILE)
Published on Nov 15, 2021 09:43 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Maharashtra sees decline in Covid-19 hospitalisations

With the state seeing a general decline in the daily Covid-19 caseload, the number of patients hospitalised for the coronavirus disease has also fallen, recording around 6,500

Devotees perform Chhath Puja while maintaining Covid-19 norms amid the pandemic at Dadar Chowpatty in Mumbai, Maharashtra, on Wednesday. (HT photo)
Updated on Nov 11, 2021 08:54 AM IST

Maharashtra crosses milestone, administers 100 million Covid vaccine doses

The festive season led to a sharp drop in inoculation in Mumbai with 39% less doses administered in October compared to September

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data, around 95% of the city’s eligible population has been inoculated with the first dose and 56% have been fully vaccinated. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 09:32 AM IST

Maharashtra crosses landmark 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses

Ten months after the country began its national vaccination programme to inoculate Indians against severe Covid, Maharashtra on Tuesday crossed a milestone and administered 100 million vaccine doses

Of the 100,137,366 Covid vaccine doses administered by Tuesday (9pm) in the state, 68,057,912 have received at least one dose while 32,079,454 have received both doses in Maharashtra. The state crossed a milestone and administered 100 million vaccine doses. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 09, 2021 11:36 PM IST
By, Mumbai

Eating out to burn a hole in your pockets: Hoteliers may hike prices by 20%

Massive hike in commercial Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders, increased cost of vegetable and pulses, coupled with high labour cost have all added to the burden of running the establishments, the hoteliers say. The Indian Hotels and Restaurant Association (AHAR), a leading association of hoteliers said the hike in prices is almost inevitable.

Eating out may get costlier as restaurant owners and hoteliers are all set to hike prices of eatables by at least 20% in the next few days. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 09, 2021 08:29 PM IST
By, Mumbai
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