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CCL to use technology to curb coal pilferage

Mar 13,2019

The largest coal producer of Jharkhand, The Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), is trying to restraint coal theft and pilferage through the deployment of the latest technology in its mines.


Deepak Kumar, Head, Public Relations said, "CCL, with its command areas spread across 8 districts of Jharkhand, will keep a close eye on coal transportation through the newly installed monitoring system consisting of the CCTV-based weighbridge, GPS/GPRS-based vehicle tracking system (VTS), radio-frequency identification (RFID) and more."


He said, "The installation of modern technology has not only helped in closely observing the transportation of coal but additionally in keeping a tab on coal production, dispatch, and productivity. Reports generated from these systems have helped the management to rectify the shortfalls, bring continuous improvement and ensure greater potency."


"The GPS tracking unit is a device that uses the global positioning system to see the precise location of a vehicle and to record the position of the asset at regular interval. As of now, 2150 GPS/GPRS devices are installed across CCL command areas. All the operations are centrally monitored in 3 shifts at CCL headquarters. Exceptional alerts or reports are analyzed, and accordingly, an action is taken," said Deepak Kumar.


"Two mechanisms have been developed for tracking the movement of departmental trucks and dumpers engaged in the transportation of coal on a real-time basis and RFID with CCTV systems are set up at 112 road weighbridges," he added.


Sources said every year hundreds of tonnes of coal are lost due to pilferage leading to revenue loss for CCL.