Coal India to spend Rs 200 crore on initial technical upgrade

On a technical overhaul drive, domestic coal giant CIL will spend Rs 200 crore initially on various areas including electronic fencing of mines on the lines of practices in advanced nations like US and Australia.

The technical upgradation includes fitting all trucks meant for carrying coal with GPS tracking devices within a month to check plunder of the dry-fuel.

“Coal India will spend Rs 200 crore on initial technical overall under which all its trucks will be fitted with GPS devices besides electronic fencing of mines,” Coal Secretary Anil Swarup told PTI.

The world’s largest coal miner, which accounts for over 81 per cent of the domestic output, is adopting advanced technological practices on the lines of the US and Australia which house some large coal mining firms.

“We have initiated a number of steps to adopt advanced technical practices. These are to enhance the output of the PSU as well as to check the theft of coal. About 70-80 per cent of trucks in Coal India have already been GPS-mapped and we will cover 100 per cent trucks in a month,” Swarup said.

The move comes against the backdrop of the coal behemoth’s mandated to double its output to 1 billion tonne by 2020 to meet growing demand. Besides, the government is looking at opening up commercial coal mining to private players.

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