4th SIAM Diesel Conference, ‘Diesel for Future’ held in Mumbai on November 28

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has held the 4th conference on ‘Diesel for Future’ on November 28, 2013 at Hotel Taj Lands End in Mumbai.
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The one day seminar started off at 9.30 AM and concluded at 2.00 PM. Praful Pate, Minsiter for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India inaugurated the event. Other senior industry representatives and bureaucrafts included RK Malhotra, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; RK Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; Saumitra Chaudhuri, Member – Planning Commission; Anant J Talaulicar, Mahesh Kodumudi, President & MD, Volkswagen India; Dr RK Malhotra, Director, Indian Oil Corporation Limited; SR Marathe, Director, Automotive Research Association of India; Vishnu Mathur, Director General of SIAM; Dr Tim Leverton, Head (advanced and Product Engineering), Tata Motors; Paul Sowerby, Chief Technical Officer, Cummins India; Ambuj Sharma, Additional Secretry to the Minsitry of Heavy Industry and Sirish Chandran, Editor of EVO Magazine.
The speakers emphasised the need to recognise diesel as a viable fuel for transportation, right from energy security to environmental perspective and urged the Union Government to give thrust on bringing out a blueprint on implementing cleaner emission norms, besides introducing sustainable pricing model for diesel fuel and last, but not the least, enforcing a concrete policy for fleet modernisation.
The Chief Guest, Patel session on Auto Fuel Policy. Others also spoke. Later, Patel unveiled a booklet prepared by SIAM, titled ‘Diesel Goes Green’. “Diesel has become synonymous with the dynamic nature of our economy. What is more, diesel has been acting as a catalyst of industrial, as well as agricultural development in the country. Worldover, diesel has undergone much refinement and advancement in diesel engine technology. Improvement in the quality of diesel fuel are consistent with the policy of climate change, energy and environment and can meet the specified norms positively”.
Bringing out the importance of diesel and how it is wrongly perceived to be a polluting and harmful to the environment,  Talaulicar pointed out: “The Emissions from today’s diesel vehicles have considerably reduced, thanks to the introduction of more efficient engines and much more effective emissions control technology. Diesel’s unique property including its unmatched power density, energy efficiency and widespread availability makes it an ideal fuel for the industrial and automotive sector”. The one day conference was sponsored firms including Volkswagen, Nissan, Tata Motors, Cummins, Eicher and Bosch.

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