Government Will Use New Tech For Tracking Illegal Mining Activity. Vaikundarajan Explains How.

In a bid to curb illegal mining activities, the Union Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines has launched the Mining Surveillance System in New Delhi.

“The technology is developed by Ministry of Mines in coordination with Indian Bureau of Mines and Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG), Gandhinagar and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY),” informs Vaikundarajan, founder of VV Minerals India, sand beach mining company.

Under the Digital India Programme, MSS is the first surveillance system in India to be developed using space technology. Vaikundarajan explains, “Currently, the entire system relies heavily on local complaints and unreliable information to track illegal activity. This new system uses remote sensing to check a region of 500 meters around the mining boundary and searches for any unusual activity. When an unusual activity is found, a trigger is sent to the district level mining officials for field verification. Further check is carried out and reported using a mobile app.”

Going one step further, this app will also be made available to citizens. “The collective effort of government and citizens will surely keep illegal mining at bay,” says Vaikundarajan.

Several other features such as – status of mapping of mining leases, reasons for triggers, penalty levied etc. – are embedded to help the officials make better decisions. “Currently there are 1710 working mines and 2133 non-working mines in India. While most of the working mines have been digitized, the government plans to complete the same for pending mines in 3 months,” informs Vaikundarajan.

A pilot of 296 triggers hosted on the National Centre of Geo-Informatics will be launched across Haryana, Telangana and Chattisgarh.

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Government Aims To Double Coal Production By 2020. Vaikundarajan Explains How?

The undertaking of commercial mining and sale of dry fuel is on the way as the government allots several coal mines to state-government companies.

“The Baitarni West coal mine in Odhisha, Dahegaon/Makardhokra–IV mine in Maharashtra, Maharashtra State Mining Corp Ltd and Gourangdih ABC block in West Bengal, Patal East in Jharkhand, Penagaddppa mine in Telangana are some of the mines assigned to the companies,” informs Vaikundarjan, founder of VV Minerals India, one of the leading sand beach mining companies in the country.

Furthermore, eight coal mines are earmarked for allotment of PSU’s of non-host states for sale of coal. “The allotment agreement for two coal mines, Madanpur South mine in Chhattisgarh and Suliyari mine in Madhya Pradesh, is already underway,” adds Vaikundarajan.

The Centre has identified 16 blocks for allotment to state PSUs as a means to open up the coal sector for commercial mining. These mines are – 5 in Madhya Pradesh, 3 in Telangana, 2 each in Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra and 1 each in Odhisha and West Bengal.

“The government intends to double the coal production to 1.5 billion tonnes by 2020. With that objective, this move seems to be the right way to go for both the mining companies as well as india’s  mining industry,”concludes Vaikundarajan.

 

 

Government Aims To Double Coal Production By 2020. Vaikundarajan Explains How?


The undertaking of commercial mining and sale of dry fuel is on the way as the government allots several coal mines to state-government companies.

“The Baitarni West coal mine in Odhisha, Dahegaon/Makardhokra–IV mine in Maharashtra, Maharashtra State Mining Corp Ltd and Gourangdih ABC block in West Bengal, Patal East in Jharkhand, Penagaddppa mine in Telangana are some of the mines assigned to the companies,” informs Vaikundarjan, founder of VV Minerals India, one of the leading sand beach mining companies in the country.

Furthermore, eight coal mines are earmarked for allotment of PSU’s of non-host states for sale of coal. “The allotment agreement for two coal mines, Madanpur South mine in Chhattisgarh and Suliyari mine in Madhya Pradesh, is already underway,” adds Vaikundarajan.

The Centre has identified 16 blocks for allotment to state PSUs as a means to open up the coal sector for commercial mining. These mines are – 5 in Madhya Pradesh, 3 in Telangana, 2 each in Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra and 1 each in Odhisha and West Bengal.

“The government intends to double the coal production to 1.5 billion tonnes by 2020. With that objective, this move seems to be the right way to go for both the mining companies as well as india’s  mining industry,”concludes Vaikundarajan.

 

Jakarta Government Relaxes Export Ban On Mining Sector

“Jakarta government has decided to issue a government regulation on mining to expedite the resolution of issues faced in the mining sector,” says Vaikundarajan, founder of VV Minerals India, one of the largest mining companies in the country.

The 2009 Mining Law draft revision is still being deliberated at the House of Representatives. President Joko Widodo has request to speed up the deliberation. “The law will probably relax the current ore export ban for a limited amount of time,” predicts Vaikundarajan.

When the government of Jakarta imposed the ban on exposed of unprocessed mineral ores in 2015, it was done with an objective of pushing the development of smelters to strengthen the mining downstream sector in the country. Now, the ban has been pushed to January 2017 following complaints from the mining industry.

“Until the revision of 2009 Mining Law, a legal umbrella will be created to avoid any hiatus in the mining sector,” informs Vaikundarajan.

The relaxation of the export ban on mining sector should come as a relief to the Jakarta mining industry.