Sweta Goswami

Sweta Goswami writes on urban development, transport, energy and social welfare in Delhi. She prefers to be called a storyteller and has given voice to several human interest stories. She is currently cutting her teeth on multimedia storytelling.

Articles by Sweta Goswami

10k public buses in Delhi by 2023, 75% new vehicles electric: Kailash Gahlot

Delhi currently has 6,894 buses, of which 3,761, including one electric bus, are with the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and 3,133 are operating under the cluster scheme
Of the 2,830 new buses to be added until mid-2023, 700 will run on CNG, officials said, adding that 250 of these buses will start arriving from March this year, and the delivery of the remaining 450 will begin from October. (ANI File)
Of the 2,830 new buses to be added until mid-2023, 700 will run on CNG, officials said, adding that 250 of these buses will start arriving from March this year, and the delivery of the remaining 450 will begin from October. (ANI File)
Updated on Jan 26, 2022 03:33 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Operating licence, surge pricing cap in Delhi govt’s draft cab policy

The proposed policy, Motor vehicle aggregators scheme, 2021, was shared on Monday in the public domain to seek suggestions from stakeholders and the general public
Estimates with the state transport department shows that Delhi has at least 150,000 vehicles plying under different cab aggregators, but it is mostly is a floating number as these vehicles keep moving between Delhi and NCR cities such as Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad and so on. (Picture for representation only/HT Archive)
Estimates with the state transport department shows that Delhi has at least 150,000 vehicles plying under different cab aggregators, but it is mostly is a floating number as these vehicles keep moving between Delhi and NCR cities such as Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad and so on. (Picture for representation only/HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 25, 2022 02:28 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Unease of doing business: Traders say curbs throwing future in doubt

There is a weekend curfew in the city since January 4 and restaurants and bars have been closed for dine-in service since January 11. None of these restrictions are in place in neighbouring Noida and Gurugram
Connaught Place area wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi, Saturday. (PTI)
Connaught Place area wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi, Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 23, 2022 01:49 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

CESL floats 5,500 crore tender for 5.5k electric buses

A PSU under the ministry of power, CESL has floated the single tender for 5,450 single-decker and 130 double-decker e-buses.
he tender floated was the outcome of the “Grand Challenge” plan for e-buses which was initiated in June last year by the ministry of power and NITI Aayog. (Hindustan Times)
he tender floated was the outcome of the “Grand Challenge” plan for e-buses which was initiated in June last year by the ministry of power and NITI Aayog. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 22, 2022 04:08 PM IST
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RT-PCR test gets cheaper in Delhi: 300 at labs, 500 at home

  • The cost of the gold-standard RT-PCR test has been reduced by 200 for home collection as well as for samples collected at private hospitals and labs.
Now an RT-PCR test, if performed at labs and hospitals, will cost <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>300 instead of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>500.(Unsplash)
Now an RT-PCR test, if performed at labs and hospitals, will cost 300 instead of 500.(Unsplash)
Published on Jan 21, 2022 04:04 AM IST
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Use of biomass pellets to generate power picks up in NCR

This comes after the power ministry on October 8 last year notified a policy mandating all coal-fired power plants to use biomass pellets as at least 5% of fuel mix (with coal) to generate electricity.
A plant-wise breakup showed that NTPC Dadri in Uttar Pradesh has used maximum biomass pellets (19,504 MT), followed by NTPC plant in Mauda, Maharashtra (18,223 MT) (REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO)
A plant-wise breakup showed that NTPC Dadri in Uttar Pradesh has used maximum biomass pellets (19,504 MT), followed by NTPC plant in Mauda, Maharashtra (18,223 MT) (REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 21, 2022 06:09 AM IST
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Old drinking age despite new excise policy in place

  • While the parts about the government quitting the retail business of liquor and restructuring taxes by charging it all upfront are explained in detail in the new policy, the document is silent when it comes to the other two aspects.
Under the new excise policy of the Delhi government, modern liquor shops are being set up in the city. (HT Photo)
Under the new excise policy of the Delhi government, modern liquor shops are being set up in the city. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 03:46 AM IST
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Relaxations in Covid-19 restrictions unlikely this week in Delhi

There were a little under 12,000 cases on Tuesday, the second day this was under 15,000, and the positivity rate clocked in at 22.47%. Last week, Delhi’s health minister Satyendar Jain said some curbs, like the weekend curfew, could be rolled back if new cases stay under 15,000.
Chief secretary Vijay Dev directed all concerned teams to increase Covid-19 testing from Wednesday. The directive came after the ministry of health, in a letter dated January 17 (Monday), asked all states and Union Territories (UTs) to immediately increase testing in a strategic manner. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Chief secretary Vijay Dev directed all concerned teams to increase Covid-19 testing from Wednesday. The directive came after the ministry of health, in a letter dated January 17 (Monday), asked all states and Union Territories (UTs) to immediately increase testing in a strategic manner. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 03:24 AM IST
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Delhi CM flags off city’s first e-bus, 300 more by April 2023

Launching the bus service, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Delhi government aims to procure at least 2,000 electric buses in the next few years, and termed it the beginning of a new era in public transport.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and transport minister Kailash Gahlot inspect the DTC electric bus, at Indraprastha depot on Monday. (Raj K Raj/HT)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and transport minister Kailash Gahlot inspect the DTC electric bus, at Indraprastha depot on Monday. (Raj K Raj/HT)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 03:33 AM IST
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Govt allows use of existing power connections to charge EVs

India has 947,876 registered electric vehicles but only 1,028 public charging stations have been installed throughout the country
An electric vehicle charging station in New Delhi. (Mint/File)
An electric vehicle charging station in New Delhi. (Mint/File)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 09:44 AM IST
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Delhi: Draft policy pushes for up to 50% EVs in aggregators’ fleet by 2023

According to the draft policy, 10%of newly-onboarded two-wheelers and 5% of new four-wheelers will have to be EVs within three months of notification of the final policy
As per the government data, Delhi has 130,544 registered EVs as on Saturday, the second highest among all states and union territories. Uttar Pradesh has the most EVs, with 271,365 vehicles registered so far. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
As per the government data, Delhi has 130,544 registered EVs as on Saturday, the second highest among all states and union territories. Uttar Pradesh has the most EVs, with 271,365 vehicles registered so far. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 12:55 AM IST
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Six airbags mandatory in all cars sold from October 1, says govt’s draft order

Friday’s draft notification is a follow-up to Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari’s appeal in August last year that asked car manufacturers to “compulsorily provide a minimum of 6 airbags across all variants and segments of the vehicle”.
Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari announced the government’s plan to make 6 airbags mandatory for all passenger cars in India from October 1 (Twitter/nitin_gadkari)
Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari announced the government’s plan to make 6 airbags mandatory for all passenger cars in India from October 1 (Twitter/nitin_gadkari)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 01:47 AM IST
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Of 97 who died of Covid-19 from Jan 9-12, only 8 were fully jabbed

  • According to data from the analysis, seen by HT, only 8.3% of the 97 dead had taken both doses of vaccines, while 19.6% had taken one shot.
An inside view of the newly built 120-bed Covid isolation ward at Guru Harkrishan Hospital, near Sarai Kale Khan in New Delhi.(HT Photo)
An inside view of the newly built 120-bed Covid isolation ward at Guru Harkrishan Hospital, near Sarai Kale Khan in New Delhi.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 07:12 AM IST
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Self-test kits could lead to unreported cases, warn officials

Chemist associations in Delhi said the demand for self-test kits has increased in the past one week due to a spike in Covid cases.
According to the advisory issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), each of the at-home testing kit has a unique QR code to ensure traceability and genuineness. (Representational image/AFP)
According to the advisory issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), each of the at-home testing kit has a unique QR code to ensure traceability and genuineness. (Representational image/AFP)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 12:17 AM IST
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By, Risha Chitlangia, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi govt to offer free online yoga classes to Covid patients in home isolation

Registration links will be sent to Covid-19 patients in the Capital, where they can register for the classes and book their preferred time slots
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference. (ANI)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 11, 2022 03:13 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid admissions to peak at 46k: Experts

  • Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal chaired a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday to review the city’s preparedness for the Covid-19 surge across the country.
The government has estimated it will require 13,800 beds if daily cases touch 30,000. (Representational image/ANI)
The government has estimated it will require 13,800 beds if daily cases touch 30,000. (Representational image/ANI)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 03:10 AM IST
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By, , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘35 of 46 who died from Jan 5-9 were not jabbed’

  • In all, 34 of the 46 the deaths were among people who had comorbid conditions known to raise the risk of severe Covid.
A health worker administering Covid-19 vaccine.(PTI)
A health worker administering Covid-19 vaccine.(PTI)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 01:21 AM IST
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ByAlok KN Mishra, , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi RWAs seek details on Covid cases, containment zones;say contact tracing not being done

On Monday, the national capital reported 19,166 new cases of Covid-19 — after conducting 766,70 tests — and 17 deaths. The positivity rate — the rate of samples that test positive from among the total tested — is now 25%, according to the Delhi government’s daily health bulletin
A healthcare worker collects a nasal swab sample of a man for the Covid-19 test amid a surge in Covid-19 and Omicron cases, in New Delhi on Monday. (AN)
A healthcare worker collects a nasal swab sample of a man for the Covid-19 test amid a surge in Covid-19 and Omicron cases, in New Delhi on Monday. (AN)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 12:08 AM IST
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BySweta Goswami and Paras Singh

Transport ministry funding may cross 1.5 lakh crore

Records showed that since 2014, the capital expenditure of MoRTH has steadily increased compared to the revenue expenditure
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is scheduled to present the Budget for the financial year 2022-23 on February 1.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is scheduled to present the Budget for the financial year 2022-23 on February 1.
Published on Jan 09, 2022 11:32 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

300,000 people in Delhi eligible to get Covid booster shots from Monday

On December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Centre’s decision to start precautionary third doses of Covid vaccine for high priority categories from January 10
A girl receives a dose of a Covid vaccine in Delhi. (ANI)
A girl receives a dose of a Covid vaccine in Delhi. (ANI)
Published on Jan 08, 2022 11:20 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi govt expedites plan to augment Covid beds by 35K

According to the government’s daily Covid bulletin, tests went up from 65,487 on Tuesday to 89,742 on Wednesday, even as the positivity rate touched 11.88% on Wednesday
As an immediate measure, the Delhi government has planned to escalate its Covid-19 beds to least 35,500.(Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)
As an immediate measure, the Delhi government has planned to escalate its Covid-19 beds to least 35,500.(Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 06:34 AM IST
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BySweta Goswami and Soumya Pillai, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

In next stage of Covid-19 curbs, Delhi clamps curfew on weekends

The decision to step up restrictions came on a day when 5,481 cases (a positivity rate of 8.37%, although some experts are now coming around to the view that this isn’t the best metric for this phase of the pandemic), were added on Tuesday.
State-run buses and the Delhi Metro will operate at 100% seating capacity to avoid crowding at transport hubs such as bus stops and Metro stations.(ANI)
State-run buses and the Delhi Metro will operate at 100% seating capacity to avoid crowding at transport hubs such as bus stops and Metro stations.(ANI)
Updated on Jan 05, 2022 06:58 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Bad air: Taking cue from Delhi, public transport in NCR cities must shift to CNG

  • Experts have time and again demanded that neighbouring states and the NCR cities shift their buses, taxis and autos completely to CNG to curb pollution
Data accessed by the HT from the ministry of petroleum and natural gas shows that there are 3,179 CNG stations in the country(Representative photo/HT)
Data accessed by the HT from the ministry of petroleum and natural gas shows that there are 3,179 CNG stations in the country(Representative photo/HT)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 08:00 PM IST
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Delhi to impose weekend curfew amid spike in Covid-19 cases

State-run buses and the Delhi Metro will be allowed to operate with 100% seating capacity to avoid crowding at transport hubs
A Covid-19 care centre is seen amid the spread of Covid-19 in New Delhi. (REUTERS)
A Covid-19 care centre is seen amid the spread of Covid-19 in New Delhi. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 03:15 PM IST
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Delhi may get its first public e-buses in February

The prototype bus that is expected to be pressed into service from next month is currently being tested by the state transport department and the vehicle manufacturer JBM Auto Limited
In July 2018, the Delhi government first announced that it would induct 1,000 electric buses into the city fleet, after the Delhi cabinet approved the scheme. (HT Archive)
In July 2018, the Delhi government first announced that it would induct 1,000 electric buses into the city fleet, after the Delhi cabinet approved the scheme. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 04, 2022 06:44 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi gears up to inoculate 1 million teens as vaccine net widens to ages 15+

Vaccination centres for children will be open from 9am till 5pm, and will administer doses of Covaxin
Two boys book slots for Covid-19 vaccination in New Delhi on Sunday. (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Two boys book slots for Covid-19 vaccination in New Delhi on Sunday. (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 12:52 AM IST
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BySoumya Pillai and Sweta Goswami

Delhi’s Covid-19 positivity rate nears 5%, cases mild

Delhi’s active cases increased to 8,397 on Sunday from 6,360 recorded until a day before, according to the government’s daily health bulletin. While Sunday’s tally was the highest single-day rise in since May 20, the test positivity rate stood at 4.59%.
Delhi reported about 6,600 active Covid-19 cases on March 27, which was similar to the current situation in the city, CM Kejriwal said.(PTI file photo)
Delhi reported about 6,600 active Covid-19 cases on March 27, which was similar to the current situation in the city, CM Kejriwal said.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 07:33 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi Covid cases rising rapidly. Arvind Kejriwal explains why there is no need to panic

Omicron variant in Delhi: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the number of active Covid-19 cases have tripled in five days to 6,360 but the number of hospital beds occupied by Covid-19 patients has declined.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the current active Covid-19 caseload is comparable to the 6,600 active Covid-19 cases reported on March 27, 2021. But back then, 1,150 oxygen beds and 145 ventilator beds were occupied as compared to the 246 beds occupied as on date (ANI)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the current active Covid-19 caseload is comparable to the 6,600 active Covid-19 cases reported on March 27, 2021. But back then, 1,150 oxygen beds and 145 ventilator beds were occupied as compared to the 246 beds occupied as on date (ANI)
Updated on Jan 02, 2022 02:48 PM IST
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As Covid-19 cases rise, Delhi govt begins ramping up its home isolation infra

Delhi so far, has recorded at least 35 cases of the Omicron variant. The Capital recorded 102 fresh cases on Tuesday, and one death of the viral infection, according to the Delhi government’s daily Covid bulletin.
A Covid-19 isolation centre set up at CWG Village as a precautionary measure in the wake of the rise in cases. The Capital recorded 102 fresh cases and one death of the viral infection on Tuesday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
A Covid-19 isolation centre set up at CWG Village as a precautionary measure in the wake of the rise in cases. The Capital recorded 102 fresh cases and one death of the viral infection on Tuesday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Dec 22, 2021 01:53 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Delhi govt paid all dues to MCD, workers still unpaid: Sisodia

Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s finance minister, said since chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took charge of the government in Delhi, the administration has not only given MCDs their share of the budget, but also a loan of 6,889 crore.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the Delhi government has not only paid the MCDs their budget dues but also extended them a loan of over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6,000 crore. (ANI)
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the Delhi government has not only paid the MCDs their budget dues but also extended them a loan of over 6,000 crore. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 12:54 AM IST
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