Govt takes steps to curb illegal mining, theft in coal mines
The Coal Ministry has taken various steps including the erection of concrete walls on the mouth of the abandoned mines to prevent access and illegal activities in these areas.
In order to curb illegal mining and theft in various coal mines, Ministry of Coal has taken suitable steps that includes conducting raids as well as joint raids with law and order authorities of the concerned state government.
Union Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal gave this information, in a written reply, to the Lok Sabha today.
Goyal also informed the house about the steps taken by his ministry. The steps include:
- Rat holes created by illegal mining are being dozed off and filled up with stone and debris wherever possible.
- Concrete walls have been erected on the mouth of the abandoned mines to prevent access and illegal activities in these areas.
- Surprise raids/checks being conducted jointly by security personnel and law and order authorities of the concerned state government.
- Fencing is being constructed at the various illegal mining sites along with displaying of signboards mentioning “Dangerous and Prohibited Place.”
- Collection of intelligence reports about illegal coal depots and illegal movement of coal and informing district authorities of the same for taking preventive action.
- Installation of check-posts at vulnerable points to check transport documents;
- The coal companies maintain close liaison with the State authorities.
- Committee/task force has been constituted at different level (block level, sub-divisional level, district level, state level) in some subsidiaries of CIL to monitor different aspects of illegal mining.
Similarly, steps have also are been taken to check incidents of theft/pilferage of coal:
- Radio-Frequency Identification Device (RFID) based Boom Barriers and CCTV camera at weighbridges, GPRS based vehicle tracking system with geofencing, CCTV camera at strategic locations of all mines have been installed.
- Regular FIRs are lodged by the Colliery Management and CISF with local Thana. A close watch on the activities of criminals is being kept by CISF.
- Interaction and liaison with District officials at regular intervals and holding meeting with DC & other district administrative officials.
- Challans for coal transportation by trucks outside the district are being issued after fixing hologram and putting signatures of authorized officials of CISF to check pilferage.
- Armed guards have been deployed at Railway sidings.
- Escorting of coal rakes in coordination with RPF upto weighbridge, is arranged in pilferage prone areas.
- Surprise re-weighment of coal loaded trucks is done at weighbridges.
- Surprise checks / raids are conducted by flying squads of CISF/security department.
- Regular patrolling is conducted in and around the mine including OB dumps.
- Joint patrolling with local police is also being carried out in pilferage prone areas.
- Check posts have been established at entry/exit points where all coal laden vehicles are physically checked.
- Security at coal dumps has been strengthened by fencing, proper illumination and round the clock guarding.