New digital infra for domestic coal mines
The government plans to implement new technologies and build digital infrastructure to support current and future coal mines operations, a move that would reduce the country's dependency on imports. Technological advancements in coal mining are also making operations more productive.
- The objective is to implement new technologies and build digital infrastructure to support current and future ramp-up for the mines.
- This involves a strong, multi-speed backbone information technology and infrastructure system that allows rapid deployment of new technologies.
- Creation of such a system would require access to new-age ecosystems (e.g., start-ups, established vendors, research institutes, etc). The technological transformation will also entail the creation of a new culture in the organisation.
- To reduce the dependency on imports, it is critical for Coal India Ltd (CIL) to reach the one billion tonnes (BT) target, thereby embarking on a technological transformation journey.
- New technologies can have a number of impacts on mining operations, including safety and productivity, environmental protection, and opportunities for women.
- Safer working conditions through improved underground communication, automation, more sophisticated mineral and metal transportation, and emergency response measures are achieved by integrating technology into mining projects.
- India had a total coal reserve of 344.02 billion tonnes. Commercial primary energy consumption in India has seen a rise of 700 per cent in the past four decades.
- Major factors for the increase in demand for energy are expanding economy, rising population and the improvement of quality of life.
- The limited potentiality of other energy sources will lead to the continuation of coal as the primary resource in India's energy scenario for the next few decades.