Vikash Sharma

Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has undertaken a pilot study for QR code tagging of LPG cylinders at Madanpur Khadar Bottling Plant, Delhi.

Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) has accorded approval for a period of three months w.e.f. 01.09.2022 for filling of QR coded LPG cylinders at Madanpur Khadar Bottling plant and dispatch to only two distributors of Delhi Market.

Subsequently, PESO has extended the permission further for 3 more months till 28.02.2023, reported PIB. As per official sources, the initiative has potential to resolve various including pilferage, tracking and tracing.

Apart from this, the move also aims at better inventory management of gas cylinders. IOCL has sent a total of 23,827 such QR tagged 14.2 Kg LPG cylinders to these distributors till 27.11.2022.

In a written reply to a question, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Rameswar Teli in Lok Sabha today informed that Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have taken several steps to prevent pilferage/supply of underweight cylinders to LPG consumers.

It also include, random weight checking of filled cylinders at bottling plant, sealing of cylinders with tamper evident seal, statistical quality control on 10 % cylinders received from bottling plant, pre-delivery checks of cylinders, carrying portable weighing scales by delivery persons, random checks by OMC officials at go-down/delivery points/en-route, organising public awareness campaigns etc, the reported added.