Petrol pumps to be password protected to curb cheating

Fuel stations across India will soon be electronically sealed with a password. This decision has been taken by the Government of India after a meeting with oil marketing companies and equipment manufacturers.

The aforementioned step of protecting the petrol pumps with passwords has been taken to minimize cases of theft by fuel pump owners. Over the past couple of months, there have been increased cases of police arresting fuel pump owners for fraud. Various petrol pumps in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra were found to be using an electronic chip to offset the fuel dispensers mechanism. By doing so, the amount of fuel getting pumped was less than what was showcased on the display. As a result, such fuel pump owners

Various petrol pumps in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra were found to be using an electronic chip to offset the fuel dispensers mechanism. By doing so, the amount of fuel getting pumped was less than what was showcased on the display. As a result, such fuel pump owners were able to save 50-60 ml for every litre of fuel. Estimates suggest that pump owners were able to get an illegal profit of around Rs. 12 lakh per month.

At present, the fuel dispensers are locked mechanically by the metrology department. However, fuel pump owners often access the electronics of the dispenser by manipulating these locks. With the added password protection, the government is trying to put a cap on such illegal and unethical practices.

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