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Govt launches satellite surveillance system to curb illegal mining

Satellite mining surveillance

Bhubaneswar: In a ground breaking move, the Ministry of Mines on Saturday launched an all new Mining Surveillance System (MSS) powered by latest satellite technology to curb illegal mining in over 18 states including Odisha.
The Union Minister of Mines Piyush Goyal flagged off the system from New Delhi through a video conference here.

The MSS system, an ambitious project under the Digital India Programme, works on automatic remote sensing detection technology and has been developed through a joint venture of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) and Ministry of Mines in coordination with Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG), Gandhinagar and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY).

Since the present system of monitoring and surveillance is generally based on local complaints and unconfirmed reports there was no robust mechanism to curb the illegal activities but with the system coming into effect the technology will ensure sustainable utilization of the country’s mineral resources, Goyal said during the programme.

Basically, the system works in a simple procedure. The khasra maps of mining leases have been geo referenced. These mining leases are superimposed on the latest satellite remote sensing scenes obtained from CARTOSAT & USGS. The system checks a region of 500 meters around the existing mining lease boundary to search for any unusual activity and triggers alarm through an automatic software image leveraging processing technology. These discrepancies will be investigated at a control centre of IBM and the respective district agencies will be notified for field verification.

Besides a user-friendly app will be equipped so that officials can submit compliance reports of the field inspection.

 

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