A veteran of India's energy sector, Prof Kirit Parikh chaired the committee that submitted the 2013 groundbreaking report on pricing methodology for diesel, domestic LPG and PDS kerosene.
Avery colourful legend has it that during the construction of the railway line from Dibrugarh to Margherita by Assam Railways & Trading Co (AR&TC) in 1867, a herd of logging elephants returned to the camp with their feet covered in crude oil. Even as this led the AR&TC personnel to look for seepages, the site engineer, WL Lake, reportedly cried out in excitement to his workers, 'Dig boy, dig!' on coming to learn about it.
Speaking exclusively to INFRASTRUCTURE TODAY, Prof Kirit Parikh, Chairman Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe) and author of the seminal report on pricing methodology for diesel, domestic LPG and PDS, believes that though the federal dispensation is presently offering lucrative terms to investors in the oil and gas sector, it must also ensure that those commitments are adhered to.
The government has sanctioned Rs 5,085 crore in oil subsidy for the December quarter, less than one-third of the revenue lost on LPG and kerosene sales. A total of Rs 15,981 crore in revenue was lost by fuel retailers on selling public distribution systems (PDS) kerosene and domestic LPG at government-controlled rates in October-December.
Gail India Limited has clarified there was no plan to shut down its LPG recovery plant at Lakwa in Assam but would convert it to supply feedstock for the petrochemical unit of Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) being set up at Lepetkata in Dibrugarh district.