To increase the green cover in the state, the Forest department is keen on reviving eco-battalion concept for large scale tree plantation, Mungantiwar told PTI.
To rejuvenate the sagging agriculture in the state, Maharashtra government has decided to bring in a new policy that will focus on promoting indigenous seeds instead of genetically-modified ones and also farm-allied businesses.
"A team of Google led by Vinay Goel met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in San Francisco and extended their support to make Mumbai a Wifi city," a statement from Chief Minister's office said.
The Maharashtra government is in the process of creating a single window clearance mechanism for the hospitality industry, to promote the restaurant and food services business in the state.
Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea alleging that petitions challenging Maharashtra government's decision to grant 16 percent quota to Marathas in jobs and education in the state were still pending adjudication.
"The region was facing a drought like situation and my government had disbursed Rs 4,000 crore to the farmers as an aid," the Chief Minister said.
The drive would be carried out in forts situated in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Aurangabad, Nanded, Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule and Ahmednagar districts.
Maharashtra government today hiked the value added tax (VAT) levied on petrol by Rs 1.50 per litre.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, an official said.
Regarding Mumbai, where affordable housing is an acute problem, the policy emphasises the role of redevelopment and cluster development (redevelopment of entire locality instead of individual buildings), redevelopment of Dharavi slum, transit camps, old MHADA buildings, among others.
This includes 81 various works related to Gosi-Khurd irrigation project in Vidarbha region, which has seen a massive cost escalation in last 35 years.
A division bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and B P Colabawalla was hearing a petition filed by Association of radio taxis, which include cabs like Meru, Mega and Tabcabs, seeking a complete ban on website and app-based cab companies like Ola and Uber.
The draft of the policy, prepared in line with the Centre's Energy Conservation Policy of 2001 has been uploaded on the government's website and recommendations have been invited from experts to strengthen it, a statement released by the state Energy department said.
According to Agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar, there are more than 150 agriculture colleges across the state and most of them were given permit during the previous Congress-NCP government.
The Supreme Court today sought the response of Maharashtra government on a plea challenging a Bombay High Court verdict which held that mere possession of beef of animals slaughtered outside the state cannot invite criminal action.
The Maharashtra government has decided to reconsider the 'no helmet, no fuel' rule, Transport minister Diwakar Raote informed the state Assembly today.
Calling the decision impractical, the association's spokesperson Ali Daruwala said if the Government continued in the same vein, it may even disallow sale of petrol to those who don't possess a pollution-under-control certificate or driving license.
"Ikea is starting to invest now. They have bought a big piece of land for Rs 400 crore in Navi Mumbai for their store," said Apurva Chandra, Principal Secretary - Industries, Maharashtra government.
"We have to focus on proper water management and will have to create water bodies in a decentralised manner. Big dams are necessary but decentralised water bodies are also necessary," Devendra Fadnavis said.
"The new policy, that is awaiting final approval of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, entails regulating the fares of these online cab service providers," state Minister for Public Transport Diwakar Raote said.
Maharashtra government approved a proposal to grant minority status to Jews in the state on June 21
Maharashtra government has held a discussion with Malaysian giant Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Holdings on ways to increase collaboration for Nagpur-Mumbai Super Communication Expressway and some other road projects.
The project, brainchild of Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, was first mentioned by him in his budget speech this year where he spoke of changing the face of the river by 2019.
A vacation bench of Justices P C Pant and D Y Chandrachud pulled up the petitioner for approaching the apex court for a complete ban on water supply to the liquor manufacturers, saying the Bombay High Court has already passed an interim order in this regard.
State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, who heads the committee, said that there are a total of 2,54,050 small scale industries in the state, of which 30,549 are closed.