Sweta Goswami

Sweta Goswami writes on politics, urban development, transportation, energy and social welfare. Based in Delhi, she tracks government policies and suggests corrections based on public feedback and on-ground implementation through her reports. She has also covered the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) since its inception.

Articles by Sweta Goswami

India defers six-airbags rule for cars by a year, cites supply chain constraints

A government official said the six-airbags rule will increase their demand to 18-20 million units a year but there wasn’t enough manufacturing capacity in the country

Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said the safety of all passengers in motor vehicles irrespective of their cost and variants was his foremost priority. (HT File Photo/Arvind Yadav)
Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said the safety of all passengers in motor vehicles irrespective of their cost and variants was his foremost priority. (HT File Photo/Arvind Yadav)
Updated on Sep 29, 2022 05:56 PM IST

Cabinet approves second tranche of PLI scheme to boost manufacturing of solar modules

New Delhi: The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the second tranche of the Performance Linked incentive (PLI) scheme to boost manufacturing of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in India, Union minister Anurag Thakur announced in a press briefing

**EDS: HANDOUT PHOTO MADE AVAILABLE FROM PIB ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2022** New Delhi: Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur addresses a press conference on Cabinet Decisions, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI09_21_2022_000132A) (PTI)
**EDS: HANDOUT PHOTO MADE AVAILABLE FROM PIB ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2022** New Delhi: Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur addresses a press conference on Cabinet Decisions, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI09_21_2022_000132A) (PTI)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 12:37 AM IST

Delhi bus route revamp to start from Oct 2 on trial basis

The average daily ridership of Delhi’s state-run buses is about 4.2 million -- much higher than that of the Delhi Metro, at around 2.7 million

People boarding a Delhi public bus. (ANI)
People boarding a Delhi public bus. (ANI)
Published on Sep 21, 2022 12:05 AM IST

Govt to pool wind energy bids to diversify projects

: The central government is working on a plan to pool wind power bids to diversify projects across states that have the scope for it, power minister RK Singh said, adding that his ministry is targeting bids of at least 8 GW per year of wind energy to boost the sector

The government plans to diversify projects across states. (Bloomberg)
The government plans to diversify projects across states. (Bloomberg)
Published on Sep 20, 2022 12:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

HT interview: Wrong to give free power to those not in need, says RK Singh

Union power minister RK Singh speaks about the government’s plans to achieve India’s India’s COP26 promises, possible roadblocks in the journey, the “culture of freebies’’, and reveals that he has told officials to conduct a financial health study on all major states offering electricity subsidies.

Union power minister RK Singh. (HT photo)
Union power minister RK Singh. (HT photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2022 04:47 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Planning PLI for grid-level energy storage, says power minister RK Singh

Union power minister RK Singh said the problem I am facing right now is that almost all the battery manufacturers in India are focused on the transport market.

Union power minister RK Singh (Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Union power minister RK Singh (Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 15, 2022 08:27 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Focus on creating infrastructure that is safe, accessible for all: Nitin Gadkari

Gadkari acknowledged the dichotomy between building super-fast roads to bring cities closer in the country and ensuring safety of passengers as well as pedestrians

Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari spoke about road safety at length. (Facebook (Nitin Gadkari))
Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari spoke about road safety at length. (Facebook (Nitin Gadkari))
Updated on Sep 12, 2022 06:07 PM IST

Govt to mandate warning beepers for rear seats: Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari said that the Centre will hire private third-party expert firms to conduct audits of identified and potential black spots in India's highways and expressways — starting with the Ahmedabad-Mumbai highway where ex-Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry was killed in a car accident on Sunday.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari. (HT photo)
Union minister Nitin Gadkari. (HT photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2022 01:51 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Cyrus Mistry car crash: Govt to ban seat belt beep alarm stoppers in India

Union minister of road transport and highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari has said that the Centre has decided to ban all kinds of seat belt beep alarm stoppers in the country

The initial probe revealed that Sunday’s car crash became fatal for Cyrus Mistry and his associate as they were not wearing seat belts and the car was having no front-facing air bags for the rear passengers. (Representative Image)
The initial probe revealed that Sunday’s car crash became fatal for Cyrus Mistry and his associate as they were not wearing seat belts and the car was having no front-facing air bags for the rear passengers. (Representative Image)
Updated on Sep 06, 2022 04:01 PM IST

Govt standardises process to issue international driving permit

The new standardised format of the IDP will be issued by respective state authorities and it will be valid for a period of one year from the date of issue, the ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) said.

The government has introduced a uniform format for international driving permit (IDP) issued in the country, said a statement from the ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) on Monday. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The government has introduced a uniform format for international driving permit (IDP) issued in the country, said a statement from the ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) on Monday. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Aug 29, 2022 11:53 PM IST
By, New Delhi

CBI bus purchase inquiry won't hit expansion: AAP

The federal agency on Sunday said it registered a preliminary enquiry last year into alleged irregularities in purchase of 1,000 AC buses by the Delhi government in 2020

The 100 electric buses are a part of a consignment of 300 procured by the DTC. Of these 300, 150 are already running on city roads, 100 will be rolled out on Wednesday and the remaining 50 in September. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Archive)
The 100 electric buses are a part of a consignment of 300 procured by the DTC. Of these 300, 150 are already running on city roads, 100 will be rolled out on Wednesday and the remaining 50 in September. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 23, 2022 07:02 AM IST

‘All govts consult stakeholders while framing any policy’: Manish Sisodia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are not interested in plugging corruption, but want to stop Arvind Kejriwal’s growing popularity across the country, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia (ANI Photo)
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia (ANI Photo)
Published on Aug 22, 2022 06:58 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Day after CBI raids, Manish Sisodia says 2024 polls will be Modi Vs Kejriwal

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the CBI raids over the Delhi government’s excise policy were aimed at stopping Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal’s rise in national politics

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia addressing a press conference at his residence in central Delhi’s Mathura Road on Saturday. (PTI)
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia addressing a press conference at his residence in central Delhi’s Mathura Road on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 20, 2022 01:37 PM IST

CBI raids Manish Sisodia: Delhi’s liquor sector reform, and where it went wrong

The 2021-22 excise policy was intended to herald a new era for the city’s liquor business by putting an end to cartelisation and black marketing, while also completely overhauling customer experience that was till then marred by dingy stores, a shortage of options in several areas, and a lack of discounts.

New Delhi, India - Aug. 19, 2022: Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia interacts with the media after the day long CBI raid at his residence, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, August 19, 2022. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna / Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - Aug. 19, 2022: Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia interacts with the media after the day long CBI raid at his residence, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, August 19, 2022. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 20, 2022 04:51 AM IST

Centre bars 13 states from power exchange over dues

The restriction came into effect from Thursday evening and delivery of power will be stopped from Friday.

The Centre has barred 27 distribution companies across 13 states from buying or selling electricity in power exchanges. (HT file)
The Centre has barred 27 distribution companies across 13 states from buying or selling electricity in power exchanges. (HT file)
Updated on Aug 19, 2022 12:49 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘If not AAP or Centre...’: Sisodia writes to Amit Shah on Rohingyas row

Hardeep Singh Puri in a tweet on Wednesday morning referred to a story by news agency ANI that said 1,100 refugees would be resettled in the flats from their accommodation in tents

Deputy CM said the Delhi government was clueless over developments in the Rohingyas reported resettlement. (File image)
Deputy CM said the Delhi government was clueless over developments in the Rohingyas reported resettlement. (File image)
Updated on Aug 18, 2022 05:33 PM IST

Confusion, clarification amid row on Rohingya

The Union home ministry contradicted a tweet by Union urban development minister Hardeep Singh Puri who eventually backtracked after having first termed the plan to move the migrants to better facilities a 'landmark decision'.

New Delhi: 37-year-old Tasleema poses for photographs at the Rohinya refugee settlement area in Kalindi Kunj, New Delhi, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. The MHA made it clear that it has not given any direction to provide EWS flats to Rohingya Muslims in Delhi. (PTI)
New Delhi: 37-year-old Tasleema poses for photographs at the Rohinya refugee settlement area in Kalindi Kunj, New Delhi, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. The MHA made it clear that it has not given any direction to provide EWS flats to Rohingya Muslims in Delhi. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 18, 2022 05:33 AM IST
ByRisha Chitlangia, , New Delhi

Quality education, healthcare not freebies: Arvind Kejriwal in birthday address

AAP is currently eyeing to fight the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh towards the end of this year

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2022 02:00 PM IST

Panel highlights big lapses in electric two-wheelers

Based on the committee report, the transport ministry has approved imposing a hefty monetary penalty on three companies that sold “faulty” electric two-wheelers.

In electronic vehicles, the battery is the main component of the vehicle and acts as its fuel tank. (HT file)
In electronic vehicles, the battery is the main component of the vehicle and acts as its fuel tank. (HT file)
Updated on Aug 13, 2022 05:48 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Power bill tabled in Lok Sabha, Opposition voices concerns

The proposed the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022 seeks to strengthen India’s power distribution sector, which continued to see high technical and commercial losses of around 21% in 2019-20 against a target of 15%.

The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022, was tabled in Lok Sabha on Monday. (ANI)
The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2022, was tabled in Lok Sabha on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 09, 2022 01:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

27 states providing power subsidy, MP, Rajasthan and Karnataka top list

Delhi has seen an increase of 85% in its subsidy expenditure between 2018-19 and 2020-21, from ₹1,699 crore in 2018-19 to ₹3,149 crore, the second highest among all provinces, an analysis of three-year data show.

India has been battling a severe coal crisis, resulting in critical stocks at domestic thermal power plants. (PTI)
India has been battling a severe coal crisis, resulting in critical stocks at domestic thermal power plants. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 08, 2022 05:01 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi LG Saxena suspends 11 excise officials for ‘lapses’ in city liquor policy

Delhi lieutenant governor VK Saxena on Saturday approved the suspension against 11 officers of the Delhi excise department for “serious lapses” in the implementation of the city’s 2021-22 excise policy, said officials aware of the matter.

Delhi LG Vinai Kumar Saxena.
Delhi LG Vinai Kumar Saxena.
Updated on Aug 07, 2022 01:37 AM IST

Manish Sisodia demands CBI probe against former Delhi L-G Anil Baijal

The senior AAP leader, who is also Delhi’s excise and finance minister, said he has written to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the matter.

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. (ANI Photo)
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2022 04:45 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi excise policy row: Manish Sisodia blames L-G for ‘last-minute U-turn’

Sisodia, who is also the state excise and finance minister, said that he is writing to the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe the matter

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia addressing a press conference in the national capital on Saturday. (Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia addressing a press conference in the national capital on Saturday. (Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2022 01:58 PM IST

Delhi govt dusts up bus route rationalisation, aims to provide to remote corners

The Delhi government is working on its much delayed plan to rationalise bus routes in the city so that every passenger is able to board a bus within 15 minutes and within a radius of 500 metres of wherever they are, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday

Delhi govt dusts up bus route rationalisation, aims to provide to remote corners(Representative image)
Delhi govt dusts up bus route rationalisation, aims to provide to remote corners(Representative image)
Updated on Aug 04, 2022 01:27 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Myths being spread on GST: FM in Parliament

The minister, during the price rise debate that went on for five hours in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, clarified that no GST is levied when people withdraw cash from banks.

 (ANI)
(ANI)
Updated on Aug 03, 2022 01:57 AM IST
By, New Delhi:

Delhi cabinet note details reasons for temporary withdrawal of excise policy

New Delhi: Loss of excise revenue despite the high sale of liquor, retailers and wholesalers exiting the business, discounts leading to “unhealthy market practices”, and shortage of premium brands, were the key reasons cited by the Delhi government in a cabinet note to withdraw the 2021-22 excise policy and restore the old excise regime for now, according to official documents

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Aug 02, 2022 12:03 AM IST

Glass half full: Liquor shortage in Delhi likely despite extension

Despite the Delhi government’s late-evening decision on Saturday to extend the existing 2021-22 excise policy by a month to prevent the Capital scrambling for a bottle from Monday, traders in the city said there are still likely to be widespread gaps in the availability of liquor in the coming days, with vendors and stores unlikely to place fresh bulk orders just to see the month out

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HT Image
Published on Jul 31, 2022 06:56 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi’s bars, hotels flag concerns over liquor licence uncertainties

New Delhi:Restaurants, hotels and clubs in Delhi on Saturday expressed concerns over the fate of their licenses to serve liquor even as the Delhi government announced late evening that the current excise policy will be extended by a month for a smoother transition, and continuity in the operations of the liquor vends

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HT Image
Updated on Jul 31, 2022 06:55 PM IST

PM targets ‘culture of subsidies’, asks states to clear power dues

Addressing the closing ceremony of ‘Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya - Power @2047’ programme, the PM wondered that if the common man could pay their electricity dues regularly, why states did not

**EDS: HANDOUT PHOTO MADE AVAILABLE FROM PIB ON SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2022** New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Grand Finale marking the culmination of the ‘Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya – Power @2047’ programme, through a video conference, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)(PTI07_30_2022_000290B) (PTI)
**EDS: HANDOUT PHOTO MADE AVAILABLE FROM PIB ON SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2022** New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Grand Finale marking the culmination of the ‘Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya – Power @2047’ programme, through a video conference, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)(PTI07_30_2022_000290B) (PTI)
Updated on Jul 31, 2022 01:15 AM IST
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