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Satellite imagery to detect illegal mining

India: The Minister of Mines and Development of North Eastern Region B.K.Handique has said that the assistance of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and other remote sensing agencies has been sought to obtain satellite imagery of mining areas in Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka. This imagery is used to correlate with the mining lease coordinates for assessing the extent of violations by lease holders.

In Orissa for instance, the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) detected illegal mining in Keonjhar District using the satellite imagery and based on this, the State Government was able to initiate action against illegal miners.

The Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) had conducted a total of 1978 inspections (till February 2010) and prosecution cases were launched in 23 cases and six mines suspended. Further a Task Force was constituted in the IBM which conducted inspection in 106 mines in Orissa, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Source: PIB