Government Plans Digital Infrastructure To Support Coal Mines Operations


imageGovernment plans to introduce new technologies for modernising coal mining operations

New Delhi: Government aims to build digital infrastructure and introduce new technologies to help current and future coal mines operations.The step is focussed at cutting down on import of dry fuel.

“The objective is to implement new technologies and build digital infrastructure to support current and future ramp-up for the mines,” according to the government’s draft technology road map for the coal sector.

The roadmap also includes multi-speed backbone information technology and infrastructure system that allows rapid deployment of new technologies.

“Creation of such system would require access to new-age ecosystems (like start-ups, established vendors and research institutes among others).The technological transformation will also entail the creation of a new culture in the organisation,” it said.

To reduce dependency on imports, it is critical for Coal India Ltd (CIL) to reach the one billion tonnes target, thereby embarking on a technological transformation journey, it said.

New technologies can have a number of impacts on mining operations, including safety and productivity, environmental protection, and opportunities for women.

Safer working conditions through improved underground communication, automation, more sophisticated mineral and metal transportation, and emergency response measures are achieved by integrating technology into mining projects, the roadmap said further.

“The scope of this road map is technology enablement in coal mines for transformation across business value chain, leveraging ‘digital technology’ as an accelerator for demonstrating performance enhancement from in the coal mines and increasing productivity, safety and sustainability while…reducing environmental impact by upgrading conventional technologies to new technologies,” the plan summarised..

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