Mar 28:Coal Companies always strive to adopt best mining practices and technology for coal mining and they have taken the following steps for improvement in the quality of coal mining
(i) The technologies used in Opencast Coal Mining are modern and coal companies are keeping pace with technological advancement.
(ii) Deployment of High capacity Heavy Earth Moving Machinery (HEMMs) like 42 cum Shovel with 240 T Rear Dumper.
(iii) Surface Miners are being adopted in a big way to eliminate the need for hazardous blasting for coal extraction, customer satisfaction, and catering to environmental needs.
(iv) First Mile Connectivity (FMC) projects – Coal transportation through in-pit crushing and conveying system/surface belt conveyor of all the future and existing mines.
(v) 3D terrestrial laser scanner for greater accuracy in Over Burden (OB) measurement.
(vi) Introduction of drone/ Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for improved mine mapping and monitoring – land reclamation, fire mapping, mine closure monitoring.
(vii) Several other technological interventions have also been made to increase work efficiency and mitigate the risk of accidents, e.g. Slope monitoring technologies, technology such as collision avoidance systems in dumpers, proximity warning systems, Operator independent Truck dispatch systems (OITDS), etc.
(viii) Automated Mist based Water sprinkling system for dust suppression is being deployed.
Coal Companies have been taking assistance from International Agencies/companies for guiding and monitoring the adoption of best mining practices and technology for coal mining.
This information was given by the Union Minister of Coal, Mines, and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Pralhad Joshi in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
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