With an aim to save wastage of fuel and curb pilferages, the Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTCL) on Monday launched an innovative and ultra-modern diesel automation system through automated consumer pumps by tying up with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL). This is the first of its kind system launched in India.
KTCL chairman and Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida launched the diesel automation system by filling the fuel in authorised KTC buses plying on various routes from Vasco depot in the presence of KTCL general manager Sanjay Ghate, KTCL managing director Derrick Neto, IOCL general manager (IB) D K Basu and other officials of KTCL and IOCL. The diesel automation system has been launched at two KTCL depots in the state at Panaji and Porvorim.
Speaking on the occasion, KTCL chairman Almeida said, “Diesel automation system will help KTCL to keep control on the wastage of fuel and improve performance of the corporation”.
He said that KTCL has tied up with IOCL wherein the company will be spending Rs 1.30 crore on the project, helping to transform the corporation and giving better service to the people.
“There was wastage of fuel due to the lack of driving skills while filling fuel into the tanks and other reasons. But with the introduction of diesel automation system, it will definitely help to run the corporation in a profitable way”, said Almeida.
KTCL general manager Ghate said that around 545 KTCL buses will be connected to the diesel automation system. “IOCL had earlier introduced the system for Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) on a trial basis for three depots Panvel, Pune and Nagpur, out of a total of 247 depots, but in Goa, the system run by IOCL will be full-fledged”. He said that KTCL is purchasing fuel from IOCL for the past 35 years and that they have proved very efficient in improving the transport system.
IOCL general manager (IB) Basu said that only authorised buses of KTCL will be allowed to have the diesel automation service since it will be linked with radio frequency identification devices (RFIT) tag and the same will be monitored in the computer system with a sensor.
“For IOCL, we are celebrating this year as a year of trust, and the new diesel automation system will strengthen the bonds between KTCL and IOCL”, said Ghate.