To curb illegal mining, Gujarat govt to create GIS maps of 7,000 mines

“The vehicle tracking and management system will make it mandatory for an estimated 18,000 vehicles transporting minerals to get themselves registered. To keep an eye on mining activities, seven IT-enabled check posts have been set up on routes with maximum traffic.”

“The Gujarat government is planning to create GIS (Geographical Information System) maps for all 7,000-odd mines located in the state to check the rising incidents of illegal mining. It has also proposed to introduce a vehicle tracking and management system, which will be linked with the GIS maps, create a command and control center in Gandhinagar and tighten the provisions of Gujarat Mineral (Prevention of Illegal Mining and Transportation and Storage) Rules, 2005, by doubling the existing penalties and enrolling end-users. The vehicle tracking and management system will make it mandatory for an estimated 18,000 vehicles transporting minerals to get themselves registered. To keep an eye on mining activities, seven IT-enabled check posts have been set up on routes with maximum traffic,” reports Avinash Nair

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