GPS mapping of coal transport to be mandatory by Mar 31

Jharsuguda: Taking note of rampant pilferage of coal from the coal mines in the country, the Union Coal ministry has decided to make GPS tracking devices mandatory in each coal mine.

“I can assure you that from 31st of March this year, GPS mapping of every truck that moves in every colliery in the country shall be done. We shall also have geo-fencing and electronic web breathing. Besides, we have taken a number of steps in this regard,” Union Coal secretary Anil Swarup told the media persons here.

Installation of CCTVs at all vulnerable points like entry and exit gates, weigh bridges and sidings are among the other measures which would be undertaken very soon, he added.

After arriving at the district headquarters earlier in the day, the Union Coal secretary visited the MCL coal mine at Lakhanpur and attended the ground-breaking ritual for a new coal washery of MCL with 10 million tonne annual production capacity.

From there, he went to visit two open cast mines at Lakhanpur and Belpahar.

Later, in a meeting with the MCL officials, Swrup praised the efforts of MCL in coal exploration and infrastructure development.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, he said MCL has set a target of producing 250 million tonnes of coal per year by 2020.

He also said that the volume of coal transport has substantially gone up in the recent past due to proper coordination with the Railway authorities.

Coal meets around 52 percent of commercial energy needs in India as against 29 percent the world over. Besides, about 66 percent of country’s power generation is coal based.