Imphal, December 07 2020: Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has initiated a new process to replace the steel locking system of fuel tankers with an e-locking system in Manipur. E-Locking system will ensure both quality and quantity to all fuel consumers in the State.
The e-locking system has been already introduced in some metropolitan cities of the country including Delhi. In North-East the e-locking system was launched at IOCL’s Betkuchi terminal located at Guwahati some days back
It is reported that the e-locking system would be introduced in Manipur too shortly. Oil tankers engaged in transporting fuel from different loading points located in Assam including Betkuchi to the Malom oil depot and from Malom oil depot to different Retail Outlets would be fitted with e-locking system in place of the current steel locking system, sources informed.
Talking about the technical aspects of the e-locking system, the sources said that fuel tankers would be allowed to lock and unlock their tanks only at dedicated points once the e-locking system is installed. The drivers, their assistants and any other men would not be able to unlock or lock the oil tanks at other places. The dedicated points means the loading and unloading points and ROs.
Once the tank of an oil tanker has been locked, it can be unlocked only with the help of an OTP which would be sent to the registered mobile number of an authorised person, said the sources.
The OTP which would be sent to the registered mobile number is a very dynamic one. If someone gets to know the OTP before it is used, the same may be changed immediately. In another word, the e-locking system is foolproof technology.
The current steel locking system can be easily unlocked and locked by using a duplicate keys and then there have been several reports of siphoning off fuel and adulteration of fuel before the fuel reach their destinations.
The IOCL came up with the novel e-locking system with the primary objective of checking such unethical and unlawful practices, said the sources.
Notably, Betkuchi is the main loading point for oil tankers coming from Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland. Many oil tankers heading to these States halt at Khatkhati terminal. As reported several times, fuel were siphoned off at this terminal which sometimes led to devastating fire of the tankers in the process of unauthorized offloading.
There are earlier reports of the fuel being adulterated so badly that the Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker was even compelled to write to the Union Petroleum Minister.