Unseasonal rain turns spoilsport for wineries in Maharashtra
Incessant rains and hailstorms in Nashik —the wine capital of India—and other parts of Maharashtra last week has sent over 40 wineries in Maharashtra scrambling for cover. The crops sowed in over 3,000 hectares of land in the region have been completely destroyed in the recent torrential rain.
After excessive heat and early summer, Nashik was hit by unseasonal rains in the last couple of days causing excessive damage to grape farming. It is difficult to ascertain the exact damage to the grape production especially in Maharashtra.
Maharashtracontributes about 90% of the country’s total grape output. Talking to Moneylife, Abijit Kabir, managing director of Indus Vineyards said, “Wine manufacturers in Maharashtra will now have to brace themselves for a lean phase as unseasonal rains have dampened our sprits. Wine is a sunshine industry because every vineyard in India undergoes an uncomfortable cycle, with unpredictable things happening at regular intervals like unseasonal rains and pest attacks.”
Vineyards will suffer from lower realisation this year due to poor demand from domestic and international markets. Grape growers have resorted to delayed harvest and prices are anywhere between Rs35-Rs55 per kg. The prices can shoot up depending on supply shortage. Once the grape arrival starts in full swing after December, the prices might come down to Rs30 per kg, which is an optimal realisation, but anything above that will hit the vineyards badly.
Maharashtra produces 18 lakh tonnes of grapes. But the acreage under grape cultivation had gone down by over 15% last year as most farmers turned towards fresh fruit cultivation.
There are approximately 40 wineries in Maharashtra with a total production of over 7 million litres annually and valued at over Rs400 crore. Over 8 lakh wine cases are sold every year of which sparkling wines consists of over 50,000 cases.
According to the figures available with the State Excise Department, in 2005, the annual production of wine in the country was estimated to be over 8 million litres, out of this over 5 million litres was produced in Maharashtra alone. This is quite a small fraction compared to world’s annual production of over 35,000 million litres.
According to Mr Kabir, grape growing is highly capital intensive. About 80% of wine consumption in the country is concentrated in four major cities—Mumbai (40%), Delhi (30%), Bengaluru (10%) and Goa (10%).
Inspite of tropical climate, faulty storage and transport facilities are some of the problems of the wine industry in India. Other impediments are hostile rules for domestic marketing of wines and high excise tariff barriers.
Vidyut Kumar Ta [email protected]


Yash Raj Films to churn out exclusive serials for Sony TV
India’s leading television broadcaster Multi Screen Media Private Limited (MSMP), —erstwhile Sony Entertainment Television—has entered into an exclusive agreement with Yash Raj Films (YRF) to produce a mix of fiction and non-fiction serials which will be exclusive for the channel.
According to MSMP spokesperson Uma Sethumadhavan, “The collaboration marks another milestone in the history of TV industry. The serials will be aired by the end of the last quarter of 2009 during prime time.”
According to industry sources, YRF will be earning anywhere between Rs15lakh- Rs20 lakh from each episode from Sony TV.
Man Jit Singh, CEO of MSMP said, "We are thrilled to be working with Yash and Aditya Chopra towards creating unmatched TV content—a mix of fiction and non-fiction serials. The content will be contemporary and engaging for the TV audiences in India.”
Mr Singh said, “Our relations with Yash Raj Films have been longstanding and this alliance will further help in strengthening our ties. This alliance makes great sense because of the obvious ways the two businesses compliment each other.”
“We have a young team and this alliance gives us an opportunity to produce TV content which will connect and entertain large television audience in India,” said a source from YRF.
He added, “Yash Raj Films has been making feature films for almost four decades in India. We were planning to venture into the small screen space since some time now. However, we have deferred the launch for some time. The reason we forged an alliance with Sony TV is to leverage both of our experiences to produce something unique in the world of serials and bring the very best in the TV entertainment space with high quality production values which will appeal to the entire family.”
Over the past 40 years, YRF remained firmly rooted in Bollywood, churning out blockbuster movies like Dhool Ka Phool (1959), Dharmputra (1961), Waqt (1965), Ittefaq & Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969), Joshila (1973), Deewaar (1975), Trishul (1978) & Parampara (1993), Daag (1973), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Kaala Patthar (1979), Silsila (1981), Chandni (1989), Darr (1993), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Veer-Zaara (2004). Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi,Bachna Ae Haseeno and Dostana (2009) were the biggest blockbuster hits from YRF.


New rules spur redevelopment projects for cessed buildings

Developers like Neptune and Rustomjee plan more redevelopment projects in Mumbai

The Maharashtra government’s efforts to give a boost to redevelopment in Mumbai by increasing the floor space index (FSI) up to 4, has started showing results. While developers like Rustomjee and Neptune plan more redevelopment projects, developers like the Marathon Group do not deny the possibility of venturing into one.
Ashok Chavan, chief minister, Maharashtra, had announced an increase in the FSI for redevelopment projects in February 2009. Cessed buildings, which are those built before 1960, will be allowed an FSI of 4 under cluster development of more than one acre plots.
“We are already into some of the largest redevelopment projects in Mumbai. We are also working on two more redevelopment projects in the city, but it is in the initial stages,” said Boman Irani, chairman and managing director, Rustomjee Group. Mr Irani refused to divulge any further details on the new projects.
Similarly, Neptune Group, a Mumbai-based developer, also plans redevelopment projects. Neptune has earlier worked on redevelopment projects for plot areas like that of factories and industries. Given the increased FSI for cluster development of cessed buildings, the group is keen on this arena. “We will plan redevelopment projects in Mumbai after six months,” said Nayan Bheda, chairman and managing director, Neptune Group.
Developers like the Marathon Group too are open to this new option. “Marathon Group is open to look at the possibility of such constructions but there are no immediate plans. However, our core business will remain redevelopment of open plots of land, be it industrial or textile mills closing down or shifting out of Mumbai,” said Chetan Shah, vice chairman, Marathon Realty Pvt. Ltd.
Most developers are looking at the FSI increase as a welcome change. Mr Shah further explains how the FSI increase will in turn help redevelopment and benefit developers. “The scheme for reconstruction of dilapidated buildings provides for existing area being reconstructed and to cover the cost of such construction, an incentive construction area for sale in the form of 50% of such reconstruction area is given to the owner/developer/society. The total area thus becomes very high for smaller plots of land and when this total construction area is divided by the available land area it becomes higher than the maximum FSI (earlier 2.5 or 3) permitted on the plot. In such a scenario, these plots become undevelopable, which is the case with most of the buildings in the city’s congested areas where already four-storied buildings without much open land area exist. So, increase of FSI to 4 is a welcome change for such buildings. Such high density will invariably result in newer developments being vertical and high-rise buildings.”
“What is good for the people is good for the industry. This additional FSI will only make for the development of infrastructure and that will benefit the residents of the city and will open up a lot more green spaces. By this the developers will get a better opportunity to do a better job and eventually keep a healthy profit line,” added Mr Irani.
Old areas like, Bhendi Bazar, Masjid, Kalbadevi and Bhuleshwar in Mumbai where dense development already exists are most likely to benefit by these projects. Given that the availability of open space in the main city of Mumbai is scarce, redevelopment projects would provide developers with more opportunities.
–Amritha Pillay ([email protected])



Sunita Rao

4 years ago

I would like to know what size flat would I be eligible to get in a building which is of area 16650 sq feet and there are 4 floors including ground floor each of 3970 sq feet .

There are totally 12 flats of 850 sqft each and 8 flats of 550 sqft each.

I occupy one flat of 850 sq ft


5 years ago

We have been displaced by the person claiming to be the owner, but this is a property which is ancesteral.
This particular building is in Marol, Andheri East.
The so called 'owner' who is a adopted child to the legal heirs and he has not yet got the 'conveyance letter' from the mumbai municipality office in Andheri East.


adv dilip

In Reply to BONIFACIO VAZ 5 years ago

it is a matter of succession and adoption acts further personel law will also apply. to help u out i m required to know the facts and documents .... u can contact on 9987741375 after 6 pm

Tushar Dhanwani

6 years ago

It is a Query : - My Building is in Sion-KoliWada, GTB Nagar, and its a cess building and come in "C" Category and developed in the year 1952-53, can you please tell me currently how much FSI has increased on "C" Category Buildings as earlier its on 1.33 and Possible FSI is 2 can you please Update Me What is Current FSI and whats Additional FSI on it.



In Reply to Tushar Dhanwani 5 years ago

one more information is required from u that how much the plot area is dealing with fsi includes various facts and dcr points and even location boundry etc it is not simple to explain in few lines u can contact on my no.9987741375

Dr Rajiv

6 years ago

its a quiery: The builder redevopt the building in 2002 and had not develop small area on top floor. The remaing area FSI is 20 sq mtrs. He had formed society and handed over poccession and society was registred and Co-Op society formed. The society agreed and signed documents in 2004 permitting 2 more years to built his fsi area but builder has failed and time period expired. Now he wants to develop the same. So far he has not convienced the property as per his commitement in writing and he is fighting with commitee members. My question is as per law is he still the owner of 20 Sq mtrs FSI after expire of agreement time?. Kindly reply, Anxious and shall be alwys thankful for your kind couretsy. Rajiv.

pushpa borkar

6 years ago

Respected Sir,
I am staying at andheri west .I want to know about if all member are not voting for R.D or not sig.letter of concern than also MGM can take dici of R.D .please certify my query .

with Regards


7 years ago

my current area is 250 sft carpet with total plot area 607 sq mtrs. under the new scheme from the government, will i be entitled to 300 sft carpet in the redeveloped building. the builder has agreed to give me 250 sft on the ground floor. with the new scheme is he liable to give me 300 sft carpet on ground floor



In Reply to Jean 5 years ago

it depends on nego... and u can get the 300 carpet area...

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