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CIL turns to technology to clamp down on theft

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Coal India (CIL) is adopting technology to help tackle coal theft, a significant issue that may see as much as a fifth of CIL’s annual output diverted onto the black market, according to Reuters.

In a written reply to a question from the Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of parliament, Minister for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piysh Goyal, said that CIL has adopted “several measures based on IT to contain pilferage of coal”.

Measures include GPS-based vehicle tracking to prevent the diversion of coal trucks en route, the installation of CCTV at vulnerable points in the supply chain – including exit gates, weighbridges and sidings – and the installation of RFID tags on vehicles to automatically transfer data to control rooms at each area of the company.

These control rooms allow CIL to “take prompt action whenever any alert or exception report is generated from the vehicle tracking system,” Goyal added.

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