'Practice what you preach!' says PNGRB’s Rath

Vol 22, PW 15 (16 May 19) News in Brief

Soft-spoken and low profile PNGRB member Satchidananda Rath shook the assembled audience out of their post-lunch slumber at the Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV) India Summit last week.

Instead of delivering a high profile presentation with facts and figures he asked a pointed question: "How many of you drive a gas-fired vehicle?" Of the 60-odd people in the hall, only five or six raised their hands. Speaking at the valedictory session of the Messe Frankfurt organised summit at Delhi’s Hotel Lalit on May 10, Rath asked industry representatives to practice what they preach.

"Let us start with ourselves, our homes and our offices," he said. "Let me start using gas in my house, with my family and in my company."

In his 14-minute speech, Rath also took a dig at Indraprastha Gas, criticising it for the long queues outside its CNG stations in Delhi. "How do you think a young person is going to use gas for his vehicle if he has to wait 30 to 40 minutes just to top up his tank every second day?" he said.

"This is not a good way of attracting people to gas."