Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Oct 15:
The Mining Surveillance System (MSS) launched by Minister of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal in New Delhi today stands to benefit Odisha significantly as it will help curb illegal mining in the state, said mining experts.
“Mining Surveillance System is another step towards making the Mining sector more transparent and demystifying. It will help capturing illegal miners across the country through satellite imagery. With the launch of Mining Surveillance System, illegal mining will be a history in India,” said Goyal briefing the press during the launch event.
“I would request all the states to join MSS to curb the illegal mining of minerals — especially sand. The identity of the person who informs about illegal mining through MSS will be kept secret. MSS triggers an alarm whenever there is an instance of illegal mining outside permitted areas. Government will take action within just seven days after the alarm for illegal mining is triggered through MSS,” he added.
The action on illegal mining activities, however, will have to be taken by state governments themselves as mining is not under Center’s purview.
MSS is a satellite-based monitoring system that aims to establish a regime of responsive mineral administration, through public participation, and by curbing instances of illegal mining activity through automatic remote sensing detection technology.
Developed under the Digital India Programme of the Union Government, MSS is among of the first such surveillance systems in the world that uses space technology.
MSS is programmed to check the area of illegal mining, instead of the quantity of mining. The software of the Mining Surveillance System will be improved further if it reports false alarms.
The system is not only aimed at designing the planned development of mining sector but also it is expected to help in sustainable use of country’s resources by limiting mining to allowed areas.