Chandigarh, August 19
The Punjab excise division on Wednesday mentioned it has made GPS-enabled monitoring units obligatory in automobiles carrying ethanol, spirits and different gadgets to examine their pilferage for making spurious liquor.
The transfer is available in wake of the latest hooch tragedy that claimed greater than 120 lives in Tarn Taran, Amritsar and Gurdaspur’s Batala.
“Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered stringent measures, including mandatory GPS linkage, to check in-transport pilferage of ethanol, spirits and other products by unscrupulous elements for use in the manufacture of illicit liquor,” in accordance with a authorities assertion right here.
“From September 5, no vehicle will be allowed to transport such products without tamper-proof sealing and GPS enabling,” mentioned Excise Commissioner Rajat Agarwal.
The GPS coordinates of the automobile will have to be preserved by the unit for a interval of not lower than 15 days from the date of completion of supply of a consignment, as per instructions of excise commissioner.
These are geared toward offering checks on the transportation of additional impartial alcohol (ENA), ethanol, specifically denatured spirit (SDS), denatured spirit (DNS) and rectified spirit (RS) by the distilleries, mentioned the assertion.
The tamper-proof sealing of the tankers can be executed by the distillery items earlier than dispatch and the seal can be damaged solely by the recipient, underneath the brand new guidelines, mentioned Agarwal.
Both dispatch and receiving items should keep information and certifications to this impact for every tanker/truck, mentioned Agarwal.
In no case shall the transport automobile be allowed to cease enroute to its vacation spot inside Punjab, besides in case of a breakdown, when the manufacturing unit shall be responsibility sure to tell the excise officer incharge of the unit inside a interval of no more than 15 minutes of such a breakdown.
The seals on the outlet of the transport automobile should be stored intact and never damaged in any means in such cases, mentioned the excise commissioner.
If the breakdown necessitates switch of the fabric/merchandise to a different automobile, the identical shall be executed within the presence of, or in accordance with the directions of an excise officer of the jurisdiction wherein the breakdown has occurred.
In case the automobile stops enroute inside the jurisdiction of the state of Punjab for causes apart from breakdown, it will be assumed that the automobile has been stopped for pilferage and may such a state of affairs come up, the distillery and the transporter shall be collectively and severally chargeable for civil and/or prison motion as per the regulation.
Further, it will likely be the accountability of the receiving unit to make sure that the complete contents of the fabric bought and carried within the transport automobile have been unloaded and there’s no residue materials within the transport automobile, mentioned Agarwal.
During the police investigation into the hooch tragedy, it was found that the vehicles carrying spirit and different gadgets had been pilfered at roadside ‘dhabas’ for making spurious liquor.
It was additionally present in a probe that methanol (methyl alcohol) was utilized in making spurious liquor. PTI