New Delhi: World's largest coal miner Coal India Limited, which is struggling to meet production targets, is likely to install GPS-based movement tracking system to increase efficiency at its major mines by March next year.
     
"Coal India Limited may install GPS based tracking of transportation of coal by March 31, 2014," a Coal Ministry official said. Tenders have been floated for installing the tracking system, he added.
     
According to sources, CIL plans to cover all major projects (mines) under the GPS-based movement tracking system after the Coal Ministry encouraged it for the same.
     
Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had earlier said that coal companies have been slow in implementing mechanization in the mines.
     
The Ministry had suggested the system for all mines to prevent theft of coal and increase productivity.
    
CIL had suggested that GPS system is one of the tools to achieve this goal.
    
A couple of years ago, an internal study by CIL showed that losses could run over Rs 50,000 if a 170—tone truck at any of CIL mines remained idle for half-an-hour. This figure would be double if the truck was of 240 tonnes capacity.
    
CIL missed its production target and produced 452.5 million tonnes (MT) in 2012-13. Its output target was 464 MT in FY'13.
     
The Coal Ministry has set a production target of 482 MT and off-take of 492 MT for CIL for fiscal 2013-14.

(Agencies)

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