Mineral bearing trucks will have compulsory GPS: Chief Secy


Bhubaneswar: From now on trucks carrying minerals will have to be equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) to ensure strict vigilance on mining activities from unloading to offloading.

Similarly, special run software will also enable high tech machines installed in sensitive mining areas to circumspect on different aspects from illegal mining and asses environmental conditions.

An important decision regarding this was taken in a state level task force meeting chaired by Chief Secretary AP Padhi at the Secretariat here on Saturday. Speaking to the delegation Padhi laid stress on routine assessment of environmental conditions and setting up new advanced modern tech machines for the same.

Padhi said regulation and monitoring of mineral resources is being taken well by the ate government and instructed collectors, RTO, SP to ensure strict vigilance on the respective mining proliferated districts through the help of district level task force .

From inspection of amount of loading and regular check up of the same during the entire journey period to offloading will be inspected through this GPS. Similarly to keep an eye on the movement of the vehicles to check the value of the minerals during pre and post loading periods, all the entire data could be accessed through the GPS enabled in these vehicles, Padhi said.

Speaking to newsmen, Mines Minister Pradeep Mohanty said this year the excavation of minerals from non captive mining areas will be limited to 75 million tonne. Five mine blocks will be equipped with high tech machinery to access environmental impacts out of which three have already been done.

Further 34 other machines will also be installed in outside lease areas out of which 11 have already been set up and the remaining will be done by this month. A software ITMS designed by Odisha Space Application Centre Executive (ORSAC) will be run on all these machines. The software is due to be pilot tested by this month, Mohanty said.

Further all the mining blocks are being inspected by satellite imageries. “So far we have not spotted any illegal activities,” the minister said.

All the mine transporting vehicle owners are being instructed to install GPS by November 28 failing which they will be debarred from carrying out service.

Police DG KB Singh, Steel and Mines Secretary Raj Kumar Sharma, Principal Secretary Commerce Department, Transport Commissioner Chandrasekhar Kumar, ORSAC Executive Officer Sandeep Tripathy, OSPCB member Debidutta Biswal among others were present during the high level meeting.

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