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Coal India plans to deploy drones in mines

India: Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI), a fully owned subsidiary of Coal India Limited, the world’s largest coal producer plans to purchase drones to monitor planning of mines and get data from India’s entire mining area that spans 20,000 square kilometres, reports Business Standard.

The purchase of two drones has been approved by the CMDI board and plans to further purchase five more drones in the future. By end of 2019, the two purchased drones will be fully functional. One of the drones is said to be positioned in the South-Eastern Coalfields while the other would remain with CMPDI that would be used by Coal India.

According to a CMPDI official, the requirements for these drones are ‘somewhat different’ from the usual ones which various commercial industries may have. “We need an extremely high endurance time for these drones and they should have the capability to carry a good amount of payload,” the official told Business Standard.

The Executive added, “These drones can also be used for mine disaster management and prevention as we can have immediate data if an accident occurs. It will aid in planning rescue operations at a much faster pace.”