Indian state plans to use satellite imagery to restrain illicit mining

Indian state plans to use satellite imagery to restrain illicit mining

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India, September 25, 2014: The mining and geology department of Uttar Pradesh is considering the use of satellite maps and remote sensing techniques to curb the threat of illegal mining operations.

The department submitted a proposal to the state government seeking approval to employ GIS technique in Mirzapur district as a pilot project to evaluate the efficacy of the remote sensing technology to curb illegal mining.

The proposal states that Remote Sensing Applications Centre in Lucknow will help the department in this project valued at Rs 16 lakh. The revenue of the state

Between April-August 2014, 4,748 raids were conducted in Uttar Pradesh on illegal miners. Besides, about 200 first information reports (FIRs) have also been lodged, 1,800 vehicles seized and Rs 5 crore recovered as penalties and compounding during these operations.

Source: Business Standard