20 May 2007 - 15:40
  • News Code: 105093
MP Lauds Speedy Smart Card System Design

TEHRAN -- A member of Economic Committee of Majlis (Iran’s parliament) here Sunday said executive bodies deserved appreciation for appropriate launch of fuel smart card system at a too little time.

Providing and distributing fuel smart cards in a very short amount of time was an extremely hard task and the 90 percent growth of such a huge project was worthy of appreciation, Seyed Kazem Delkhosh told PIN.

“Since around 10 percent of cards has not yet been delivered, the enforcement of rationing plan does not deem necessary at due time (May 22),” said the official, adding, “The cabinet needs to submit a bill to Majlis for a delay in the project and mandatory use of fuel smart cards and let the plan take effect after all cards are distributed.”

Based on the approval of Islamic Consultative Assembly, the government is authorized to ration gasoline as of May 22 and supply petrol only through smart cards.

All filling stations of Iran had been equipped with fuel smart card system, said the plan spokesman here Sunday.

Mohammad Nasseri, talking to PIN, said the system had been run in all 2,300 petrol stations of the country, out of which 1,400 were currently supply gasoline only with smart card.

He added the remaining 900 gas stations would supply petrol just with smart card when the national rationing plan took effect.

According to Nasseri, about six million fuel smart cards had been submitted to car owners.

Fuel smart card project became operational on May 10, the advisor to deputy minister of petroleum for refining and distribution affairs said.

Abdolreza Amini told PIN the smart card system had been put into operation in some gas stations in order to identify and remove the problems.

He pointed to massive dissemination of information about the use of smart card, adding the general public would get further information in the coming days.

“Fuel smart card system is completely different from Shetab banking network,” underlined the official, adding, “Shetab network works online and therefore the emergence of problems while receiving data is a real possibility, but smart card system operates offline and there is no interruption in its system as it occurs in Shetab network.”

Last March, the Majlis approved that the government could sell rationed gasoline at 1,000 rials (less than 11 cents) per liter through smart cards as of May 22. The lawmakers also authorized the cabinet to determine the price of gasoline sold in excess of the rationed quota.

The cabinet is to define the rationed gasoline quota today, but the officials have yet to make the final decision on the date of rationing.

Rapporteur of Energy Committee of Majlis (Iran’s parliament), Seyed Abdolmajid Shoja, said no certain body or ministry was to blame for mismanagement and delay in implementing fuel smart card plan.

“The cabinet and Majlis are not expected to pass the buck for the delay as both sides are trying to fulfill their duties,” he told PIN, adding the necessary infrastructure has not been yet provided in the country, making it difficult to put the plan into practice.

Although rationing would not start as of due time, authorized bodies deserved appreciation for timely providing and distributing just about all smart cards, said the official.





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