Ray grills Sabarmati

Vol 15, PW 2 (28 Jul 11) News in Brief

GSPC boss Tapan Ray is unhappy with Sabarmati Gas, the company’s retail gas joint venture with Mumbai-based refiner Bharat Petroleum.

PETROWATCH learns of a tense meeting at GSPC on July 19 between Ray, who is chairman of Sabarmati Gas, and BPCL-appointed managing director SK Kudasia, who looks after day-to-day operations. Ray’s principal concern, we hear, is Sabarmati’s inability to capitalise on the untapped potential of three north Gujarat districts where it operates: Mehsana, Sabarkantha and Gandhinagar.

Mehsana in particular, said Ray, was a missed opportunity, with its thriving agricultural market in cumin seeds and fennel at Unjha, as well as the Dudhsagar Dairy of Amul butter fame. Referring to ‘naked’ areas, Ray pressed Sabarmati Gas to accelerate gas connections to factories and homes in the three districts to make them ‘gas-charged’.

Kudasia, we hear, “promised Ray that steps would be taken to address concerns.”