Mahanadi Coalfields promotes remote sensing app to curb illegal mining

Mahanadi Coalfields promotes remote sensing app to curb illegal mining
Mahanadi Coalfields promotes remote sensing app to curb illegal mining

Mahanadi Coalfields promotes remote sensing app to curb illegal mining

Bhubaneswar: These days Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) is widely promoting a remote sensing-based mobile app to curb illegal mining in the nearby area. The app called 'Khanan Prahari’ is available on Google Play Store for free installation and is a tool for reporting any illegal coal mining incident through geotagged photographs as well as textual information by any individual, MCL said in a statement.

The union coal ministry has developed the Coal Mining Surveillance and Management System (CMSMS) software that uses a geotagging feature to curb illegal coal mining activity in the country. MCL is spreading information through different modes of communication banners, posters and social media platforms – so that individuals can actively participate and report any illegal mining activity they come across.

Known for its IT initiatives to curb corruption and make business procedures transparent, the Coal India subsidiary has been actively involved in evolving system for fair business practices, the statement said. In the app maps of the coal blocks and coalfield boundaries have been geo-referenced and superimposed on the latest satellite remote sensing images, it said.

This system can scan a region of 100 meters around the existing coalfield boundary to identify any unsuspected mining activity once you send a picture through it. Now these pictures will be shared with a team who will then transmit it to the concerned nodal officials for field verification.

A check for illegality in operation is conducted and reported back to the system and can be traced against the reference number initially assigned to it. While the aim of this exercise is to make the app a participatory monitoring system where the citizens also can use it and report an illegal coal mining activity.