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SCCL goes hi-tech to keep a tab on coal movement

File photo of the coal handling in Singareni coal mine in Yellandu of Bhadradri Kothagudem district.

File photo of the coal handling in Singareni coal mine in Yellandu of Bhadradri Kothagudem district.   | Photo Credit: G_N_RAO

GPS-based trackers have been installed on vehicles carrying coal to and from coal handling plants

In continuation of its efforts to leverage the latest technologies to keep a tab on the movement of vehicles transporting coal and prevent pilferage of the precious natural resource, the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) has recently introduced a GPS-based vehicle tracking system at the Coal Handling Plant (CHP) in Yellandu town.

The SCCL has extended the technology-aided initiative to the CHP located adjacent to the 21 Incline mine of the British era in the historical coal town as part of its endeavour to put in place the foolproof tacking mechanism to check theft of coal during transportation from various coal mines to the CHPs in the entire coal belt region.

All CHPs covered

The facility has already been installed in almost all the CHPs in the entire Kothagudem region, SCCL sources added.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) enabled boom barriers have also been installed at the CHP in Yellandu as an integral part of vehicle access control system, sources said.

The newly introduced GPS based mechanism is being used to keep track of the movement of vehicles carrying coal from the Koyagudem OCP and JK OCP to the CHP in Yellandu on a real-time basis, SCCL General Manager (Yellandu area) Lakshminarayana said.

Prevent pilferage

Both the GPS and the RFID technologies are being harnessed to prevent pilferage of coal, check over-speeding of coal-laden vehicles and enforce the stipulated norms governing the transportation and dispatches of coal with precision, the senior official asserted.

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