Surendra P Gangan

Surendra P Gangan is Senior Assistant Editor with political bureau of Hindustan Times’ Mumbai Edition. He covers state politics and Maharashtra government’s administrative stories. Reports on the developments in finances, agriculture, social sectors among others.

Articles by Surendra P Gangan

3 key Mumbai projects under scanner after Adani stumbles

The ₹23,000 crore Dharavi Redevelopment Project, the ₹16,700 crore Navi Mumbai International Airport and the power distribution license for Navi Mumbai all under renewed scrutiny following market rout

Navi Mumbai, India - February 7, 2018: Helipad being made for Prime Minister visit to inaugurate Navi Mumbai International Airport in Ulwe, Navi Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Navi Mumbai, India - February 7, 2018: Helipad being made for Prime Minister visit to inaugurate Navi Mumbai International Airport in Ulwe, Navi Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 05:42 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan, Yogesh Naik and Satish Nandgaonkar

Disputed tax waived for cooperative sugar sector, sops for PACS

The announcement of modernisation of primary agricultural credit societies (PACS) and the respite from the disputed income tax pending with sugar factories is expected to give a boost to the agriculture and cooperation sectors in Maharashtra. More than 21,000 PACS in the state will benefit, as they will now get the status of multipurpose societies, while 72 cooperative sugar factories will get their disputed income-tax totalling ₹10,500 crore set aside

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Updated on Feb 02, 2023 12:27 AM IST
By, Mumbai

State requests centre to deliver 14 boats approved for coastal security

It also demanded the approval for 37 boats which is still pending with the ministry of home affairs for the last three years.

After the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, the central government stepped up the implementation of the CSS and rolled out the second phase with the sanctioned outlay of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1580 crore. Though the phase had been accomplished in March 2020, the boats sanctioned for coastal security had not been delivered. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
After the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, the central government stepped up the implementation of the CSS and rolled out the second phase with the sanctioned outlay of 1580 crore. Though the phase had been accomplished in March 2020, the boats sanctioned for coastal security had not been delivered. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 01:01 AM IST

135 acres NTC mill lands could open up for development

NTC has undertaken the redevelopment of the chawls as a first step, leading to anticipation that the remaining mill land will soon be sold in the open market.

According to officials, NTC will open up the remaining 135 acres for residential and commercial exploitation after the chawl redevelopment is over. “Of the 25 NTC mills, eight have already been sold or disposed of while five mills are still running,” said an official from the state government. “NTC has entered into joint ventures for four of them. There could be plans for commercial exploitation of these mills lands but only after the rehabilitation of mill workers.” (HT PHOTO)
According to officials, NTC will open up the remaining 135 acres for residential and commercial exploitation after the chawl redevelopment is over. “Of the 25 NTC mills, eight have already been sold or disposed of while five mills are still running,” said an official from the state government. “NTC has entered into joint ventures for four of them. There could be plans for commercial exploitation of these mills lands but only after the rehabilitation of mill workers.” (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 12:39 AM IST

Soon, filmmakers can shoot at public spots in the city for free

Strap: Govt makes move to keep business within the state Mumbai: After the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, met stakeholders of the film industry earlier this month, encouraging them to consider the northern state to shoot their films, Maharashtra government promptly announced a makeover of the 521-acre Film City, in Goregaon

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Published on Jan 26, 2023 12:41 AM IST

BJP unlikely to support rebel Cong candidate Satyajeet Tambe

Tambe, who defied his party’s order and filed his nomination in the council polls as an independent, has not approached the BJP for support. His father and three-term Congress MLC, Sudhir Tambe, reiterated on Thursday that he and Satyajeet had not quit the party

Satyajeet Tambe Patil, son of Congress legislator Sudhir Tambe Patil and nephew of revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat
Satyajeet Tambe Patil, son of Congress legislator Sudhir Tambe Patil and nephew of revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat
Published on Jan 21, 2023 12:28 AM IST

With infra push, Modi aims for civic polls shove

PM kickstarts slew of infra projects, pitches for same party rule from Delhi to Mumbai for faster development of the city

Mumbai, India - January 19, 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launches projects from MMRDA Grounds, at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), Bandra (East), in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, January 19, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - January 19, 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launches projects from MMRDA Grounds, at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), Bandra (East), in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, January 19, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Modi set to kick off infrastructure projects and poll campaign today

When prime minister Narendra Modi will launch a slew of infrastructure projects from the MMRDA grounds at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) on Thursday, he will virtually sound the bugle, on behalf of the ruling alliance, for the city’s biggest battle - the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) poll

Mumbai, India - January 18, 2023: All arrangements and preparations in progess on the eve of PM Narendra Modi's visit, at BKC Ground, Bandra (East), in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - January 18, 2023: All arrangements and preparations in progess on the eve of PM Narendra Modi's visit, at BKC Ground, Bandra (East), in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times) (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 12:39 AM IST
By, Mumbai

MVA throws weight behind independent candidate Shubhangi Patil in Nashik council poll

On the last day of the withdrawal of nominations for the five legislative council seats, the MVA also announced a swap of seats as an internal adjustment after the revolt by the Congress candidate in Nashik.

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Published on Jan 17, 2023 12:46 AM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Faisal Malik

Congress suspends Sudhir Tambe, MVA constituents realign seats

According to Congress leaders, similar action is expected to be taken against Satyajeet Tambe as well in a day or two.

Sudhir Tambe, meanwhile, declared that he had nothing to say, as the party had ordered a probe. “It is not true that we are joining the BJP, and neither have we have asked for BJP support for Satyajeet,” he said. (HT PHOTO)
Sudhir Tambe, meanwhile, declared that he had nothing to say, as the party had ordered a probe. “It is not true that we are joining the BJP, and neither have we have asked for BJP support for Satyajeet,” he said. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 16, 2023 12:43 AM IST

Separate application category for transgenders in all govt jobs

Last month, the Bombay HC, while hearing a petition filed by Arya Pujari and Nikita Mukhdayal, had asked the state to make the TG option available in the last two days of the application process which ended on December 15.

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Published on Jan 16, 2023 12:39 AM IST

BJP on poaching spree for Mission 45

Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has set the ball rolling to achieve its Mission 45 (to win 45 Lok Sabha seats from Maharashtra in 2024)

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Updated on Jan 14, 2023 12:51 AM IST

Balasaheb Thorat’s nephew goes solo for council elections

An embarrassed and incensed Congress leadership has reportedly decided to take Sudhir Tambe to task for his betrayal. Political observers say the last-minute change was the result of simmering discontent within the Tambe and Thorat families, over the candidature. Thorat is a prominent leader in Ahmednagar district

Satyajeet Tambe Patil, son of Congress legislator Sudhir Tambe Patil and nephew of revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat
Satyajeet Tambe Patil, son of Congress legislator Sudhir Tambe Patil and nephew of revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat
Published on Jan 13, 2023 12:52 AM IST

Lokayukta had demanded ACB be brought under its ambit in May last year

Mumbai: Months before the state government tabled the Lokayukta Bill 2022 during the winter session of the State legislature, the Maharashtra Lokayukta had demanded the supervision of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to be brought under its ambit for effective action in corruption cases against public servants

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Published on Jan 12, 2023 12:50 AM IST

State mulls new draconian law to curb ‘urban guerrillas’

The Maharashtra government is considering the enactment of a Public Security Act (PSA) to get more powers to act against the ‘front organisations’ that are allegedly active as ‘urban guerillas’

Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio, told HT that at present, Maharashtra did not have a “powerful enough” law to take action against the alleged ‘front organisations’. (PTI)
Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio, told HT that at present, Maharashtra did not have a “powerful enough” law to take action against the alleged ‘front organisations’. (PTI)
Published on Jan 10, 2023 12:31 AM IST
By, Mumbai

State govt to set up temporary detention centre for illegal immigrants

Mumbai: The state home department has identified a temporary shelter in Chembur to house illegal immigrants

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Published on Jan 08, 2023 12:57 AM IST

Minister orders probe into delay of results

Mumbai: A day after generating controversy over withholding the results of an annual drama competition in Chandrapur, based on an objection by an Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) member, that two of the plays performed projected anti-Hindu sentiments, the state cultural affairs minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has announced a probe into the matter

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Published on Jan 07, 2023 12:31 AM IST

Day after Yogi’s bid to woo Bollywood, state govt plans 4,500-crore makeover for Film City

The Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government on Friday announced that Film City in Goregaon would be modernised at an estimated cost of ₹4,500 crore

The state government had in 2018 invited global tenders to upgrade Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari or Film City, but it did not get any response. This time, officials said, the tender documents they are preparing will be more bidder-friendly. (HT Archives)
The state government had in 2018 invited global tenders to upgrade Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari or Film City, but it did not get any response. This time, officials said, the tender documents they are preparing will be more bidder-friendly. (HT Archives)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 12:31 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Stop #Boycott Bollywood spin, Sunil Shetty tells CM

Mumbai: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, during his road show in Mumbai to attract investment for his state, made a concerted attempt to woo Bollywood as well

Yogi held forth on the attractions of UP, including the fact that it won the “most film-friendly state” award at the 64th and 68th National Film Awards. “We have picturesque locations, and the state’s contribution to the art sector is significant. We are developing international airports, four-lane highways and metro lines. We are offering 50 percent subsidy for web series and 25 percent subsidy for studio laboratories,” he said, inviting Bollywood to shoot at the 1,000-acre Film City the government is constructing. (HT PHOTO)
Yogi held forth on the attractions of UP, including the fact that it won the “most film-friendly state” award at the 64th and 68th National Film Awards. “We have picturesque locations, and the state’s contribution to the art sector is significant. We are developing international airports, four-lane highways and metro lines. We are offering 50 percent subsidy for web series and 25 percent subsidy for studio laboratories,” he said, inviting Bollywood to shoot at the 1,000-acre Film City the government is constructing. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 11:42 AM IST

‘Anti-Hindu’ note throws state annual drama contest off stage

The two plays – ‘Vrundavan’ and ‘Tere mere sapne’ -- are penned by playwright Rafik Muzawar. They were among 13 one-act plays presented in Chandrapur. It’s been five weeks since they were staged and the results have not been declared as the cultural department is awaiting an intervention from higher ups in the state government

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Updated on Jan 06, 2023 11:43 AM IST

‘Come to UP’: Yogi woos India Inc and Bollywood

Mumbai Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath met leading industrialists from India Inc on Thursday during his road show in Mumbai to invite them to invest in his state

Mumbai, Jan 05 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meets with Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (ANI Picture Service)
Mumbai, Jan 05 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath meets with Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani, at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, in Mumbai on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (ANI Picture Service)
Updated on Jan 05, 2023 10:44 PM IST

Our aim not to take Bollywood from Mumbai to UP: Yogi

In Mumbai on a two-day visit, Yogi said that UP seeks to take neither the Mumbai’s film industry nor any industrial investment here to UP, but wants to have a healthy competition with them. During his visit, Yogi is expected to meet industrialists, investors, bankers and personalities from Bollywood

Mumbai, India - January 04, 2023: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath addresses the gathering during the UP Global Investors Summit, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, January 04, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - January 04, 2023: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath addresses the gathering during the UP Global Investors Summit, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, January 04, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 04, 2023 11:25 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath to begin 2-day Mumbai visit today

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will hold a road show in Mumbai and interact with representatives from industries and Bollywood

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. (File Photo)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 04, 2023 01:30 PM IST

The Senas can reunite if Uddhav introspects, says BSS chief spokesperson

Kesarkar said when he was leaving the party last year, he had “expressed gratitude towards him and told him that he needs to put his house in order”. “He should have done some soul searching then. If he does that even today, the party can come together,” said Kesarkar

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde with Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Maharashtra Minister Deepak Kesarkar during the foundation stone laying ceremony of various development works in eastern and western suburbs under the Mumbai beautification project, in Mumbai, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (PTI Photo) (PTI12_10_2022_000129B) (PTI)
Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde with Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Maharashtra Minister Deepak Kesarkar during the foundation stone laying ceremony of various development works in eastern and western suburbs under the Mumbai beautification project, in Mumbai, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (PTI Photo) (PTI12_10_2022_000129B) (PTI)
Published on Jan 02, 2023 11:47 PM IST
BySurendra P Gangan and Yogesh Naik

Uddhav was ‘greedy’ for CM’s chair: Nadda

JP Nadda held rallies in Chandrapur (Vidarbha) and Aurangabad (Central Maharashtra) and held meetings with party leaders and office bearers. The rallies are seen as party’s launch of 2024 Lok Sabha campaign in Maharashtra where it aims to win 45 of total 48 seats

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): BJP President JP Nadda speaks to media after pays tributes to Guru Ravidas ji on his jayanti at BJP HQ in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): BJP President JP Nadda speaks to media after pays tributes to Guru Ravidas ji on his jayanti at BJP HQ in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2023 12:32 AM IST
ByPradip Kumar Maitra and Surendra P Gangan

Adani, Ambani heirs in government’s Economic Advisory Council

The Economic Advisory Council (EAC) appointed by the Shinde-Fadnavis government to achieve its goal of a $1-trillion dollar economy in the next five years has Anant Ambani and Karan Adani as members. The EAC will be headed by N Chandrashekharan, chairman, Tata Sons

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Updated on Dec 31, 2022 12:37 AM IST

Dharavi revamp: Govt to accommodate ineligible tenements in rental housing

The state government assured the Dharavi residents to accommodate even ineligible tenants in the rental housing scheme. Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that though 46,191 residential and 12,974 non-residential residents are eligible in the redevelopment of Dharavi, all of them will be accommodated in the project

An aerial view of Dharavi slums in Mumbai. (HT file photo)
An aerial view of Dharavi slums in Mumbai. (HT file photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2022 12:07 AM IST

Anant Ambani, Karan Adani to be part of Maharashtra Economic Advisory Council

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani’s son Anant Ambani and Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani’s son Karan Adani have been appointed as members of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) of Maharashtra, according to the chief minister’s office (CMO)

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani’s son Anant Ambani and Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani’s son Karan Adani
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani’s son Anant Ambani and Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani’s son Karan Adani
Updated on Dec 31, 2022 04:50 AM IST
By, Mumbai

Leader of opposition unaware about no-confidence motion

While 39 MLAs from the three MVA constituents signed the motion on Thursday, leader of the Opposition Ajit Pawar did not. He had told reporters late on Thursday night that he was not aware of any such motion

Nagpur, Dec 30 (ANI): Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Ajit Pawar addresses the press conference on the last day of Winter Session of State Assembly, in Nagpur on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Snehal Sontakke)
Nagpur, Dec 30 (ANI): Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Ajit Pawar addresses the press conference on the last day of Winter Session of State Assembly, in Nagpur on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Snehal Sontakke)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 11:38 PM IST

State to deport marauding elephants

Nagpur Ever heard of elephants being deported? It has nothing to do with the animals crossing borders without valid papers

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Published on Dec 30, 2022 01:19 AM IST
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