Siddhartha Gupta

Articles By Siddhartha Gupta

Arun Jaitley: If we continue like this for 10-15 years, it is possible to drive poverty out

The Union Budget 2015-16 is a balancing act, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Fund crunch: RoadMin looking at new models, financing options

Ministry officials say that about Rs 45,000 crore has been sought in this year’s Budget, with an additional dedicated fund of about Rs 11,000 crore for projects in LWE areas.

Uttar Pradesh, J&K under fire for power overdrawals

The corresponding figure for Jammu & Kashmir stood at around Rs 196 crore.

Centre to invite private firms to lay optic cables for 50K gram panchayats

The bids will be invited towards the end of February.

Govt to launch portal for safer, faster, nationwide freight

The web portal was also inaugurated on Tuesday by the minister, at an event organised by the Hydraulic Trailer Owners Association.

Talks with unions fail, strike to go on

Unions want PM to intervene, BMS to send one representative today.

Roads: reworked PPP pact holds key to private revival

The bill proposes heavy penalties such as a Rs 25,000 fine for the first instance of drunk driving.

‘High losses of discoms a question mark on viability of capacity addition in India’

The change in law in Indonesia led to a hike in imported coal tariffs of more than 150 per cent, which has affected all imported coal-based projects.

National highway links: Only 22 km of flyovers, ring roads built in 7 years

Both these phases were approved to be executed on BOT (toll) mode and at an estimated project cost of nearly Rs 17,000 crore.

Post deregulation, drop in diesel price passes through to freight bill

Falling transportation cost is also likely to bring down inflation in prices of food articles.

Grid manager red flags infra hotspots, weak backup plan

‘At least 10 spots vulnerable to high voltage tower collapses’.

Draft renewable energy Bill in a month

The need for a separate act governing renewable energy was felt in light of the investment crunch the sector is facing owing to ambiguity in the governing policies.

RoadMin, NHAI still disagree on who should modify MCA

NHAI chairman RP Singh said that modifications need to be made quickly and that there is a view in government on empowering the NHAI board.

Women in workforce gravitate to services; overall participation dips

The debate over the decreasing number of working women in the country has increasingly gained traction in the last couple of years.

New FDI norms to offer boost to smaller projects in metros

The reforms have come at a time when investor sentiment has dropped due to clarity in regulations and as a result, the sector has witnessed a severe cash crunch.

Soon, drive non-stop and pay tolls speeding through ‘FASTag’ lane

The system will be made operational next on the three remaining stretches of the quadrilateral.

Farm, services fuel states’ GDP growth, not factories

Manufacturing activity has seen a dip in big states

Centre gives push to projects in Madhya Pradesh

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar, said that 60 projects in the state had been cleared in the last 120 days by the environment ministry.

For want of bidders, 12 highway projects go unawarded; deadline pushed to January

NHAI is targeting awarding around 5,500 km worth of projects and constructing around 2,000 km of roads this fiscal.

Koli taken to final destination – Meerut

Surendra Koli has been transferred to Meerut jail from Dasna for execution, but jail officials say no date has been set for the hanging yet.