The technical upgradation includes fitting all trucks meant for carrying coal with GPS tracking devices within a month to check plunder of the dry-fuel.

The world's largest coal miner, which accounts for over 81 percent of the domestic output, is adopting advanced technological practices on the lines of the US and Australia which house some large coal mining firms.

The move comes against the backdrop of the coal behemoth's mandated to double its output to 1 billion tonne by 2020 to meet growing demand. Besides, the government is looking at opening up commercial coal mining to private players.

Coal India Ltd Chairman and Managing Director Sutirtha Bhattacharya said apart from fitting GPS to its trucks and electronic fencing of mines, the PSU will introduce ICT compliant machinery and parts of capex (capital expenditure) and opex (operational expenditure) will be utilised for it.

The miner has lined up a capital expenditure of Rs 6,000 crore for the current fiscal.

Coal meets around 52 per cent of primary commercial energy needs in India as against 29 percent of the world and about 66 percent of country's power generation is coal based.

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