Atanu complains about DGH location

Vol 19, PW 18 (19 May 16) News in Brief

Nine years ago when VK Sibal moved DGH headquarters from the HT building in central Delhi to far-off Noida the cries of anguish could be heard from Houston to Calgary, London to Perth, Delhi to Mumbai.

Atanu Chakraborty, who took charge as DG on April 12, has joined that chorus with a complaint about spending countless hours in a car travelling to and from the DGH office around 25-km east of Delhi. Sadly no one is taking any notice.

Oil secretary KD Tripathi this month formally turned down Chakraborty's request to work from an office in the oil ministry, where he spends most of his time. "Chakraborty has been complaining about the distance since he joined," reports a source.

"He's written a letter saying travelling back and forth from the DGH is a waste of time." Chakraborty was eventually offered space in the Lodhi Road office of the Petroleum Planning & Analysis Cell but was told it could only be used as a correspondence address and that he must work from Noida.

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