Govt to install mining surveillance system

Software to help track load carriers involved in illegal mineral transportation
Vehicles involved in 'illegal mining' seized inside a compound. [File]
Vehicles involved in 'illegal mining' seized inside a compound. [File]Special arrangement

Jammu: The Department of Geology and Mining in Jammu and Kashmir is all set to adopt a ‘mine surveillance system’ and ‘vehicle tracking system’ to end illegal mining and identify the points of illegal extraction of minerals.

“We have initiated a process to put an end to the illegal mining and the culprits are identified using a modern surveillance system on mines and vehicles across J&K,” said the officials.

“The mining surveillance system will enable the officials of the Mining and Geology Department to track the movement of the vehicles engaged in loading and unloading of the minerals after their extractions,” they said. “We will also be able to know if the extraction of minerals is going on from the identified places or illegally from outside the unlicensed places.”

They said as they had already identified the mining points with geo-tagging, the system would help identify the places where illegal mining was going on in the blocks.

“The system will first be used in Samba district and gradually all over J&K. The process may take two months,” said the official.

Similarly, the department is contemplating to adopt a software for ‘vehicle tracking with remote sensor’ of load carriers.

“We will have software and sensor SIMs which will be installed in the load carriers engaged in the mining process. This software installed in SIM cards will help us in tracking the movement of the load carriers,” the official said. “This technology will help us bring down the incidents of illegal mining and check on the culprits involved in the illegal acts.”

The official said that the software would be installed in the computers of the District Mining Officers (DMOs) and the SIM cards will be in the load carriers to track the movement.

Recently, the department had adopted online services in a bid to bring transparency and deliver time-bound services.

The official said that by using this online service, new mineral dealers license, its renewal, private lease, and quarry license services could be availed online.

Illegal mining has become a headache for the department and the officials along with the Police that many times seized vehicles in Jammu, Samba, and Kathua districts.

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