Union Minister of Coal, Railways, Finance & Corporate Affairs, Piyush Goyal on July 4, 2018, launched the Coal Mine Surveillance & Management System (CMSMS) and Mobile Application ‘Khan Prahari’. The ‘Khan Prahari’ app has been developed by CMPDI, Ranchi, a Subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL) and Bhaskarcharya Institute of Space Application and Geo-informatics (BISAG).
The ‘Coal Mine Surveillance & Management System (CMSMS) aims to report, monitor and take suitable action on unauthorized coal mining activities. The basic platform used in the system is of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology’s (MeiTY) map which provides village-level information. The leasehold boundary of all the coal mines is displayed on this map. The system will use satellite data to detect changes by which unauthorized mining activity extending beyond the allotted lease area can be detected and suitable action can be taken on it.
1. Khan Prahari is a tool for reporting any activity taking place related to illegal coal mining like rat-hole mining, pilferage etc.
2. Once reported, the information will be automatically directed to the nodal officers to take suitable action on those activities.
3. The uniqueness of the system is that it uses satellite data as well as public input to capture information on unauthorized coal mining activities and also take appropriate action on them with due transparency.
4. One can upload geo-tagged photographs of the incident along with textual information directly to the system.