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ISRO Developing Satellite Based Air Pollution System for CIL

Coal News - Published on Mon, 02 Dec 2019

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Coal India has tied up with the Indian Space Research Organisation to develop a satellite based system to provide air pollution data online to the company and the government. Satellite-based pollution monitoring system exists only at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the US. ISRO’s Space Application Centre in Ahmedabad has been trying to develop a similar system that is not fully functional yet. CIL is working with ISRO’s National Remote Sensing Centre for developing a new system for mines

In the recent past, five Coal India subsidiaries were slapped a total fine of INR 53,331 crore by states for producing in excess of available environmental clearance limits in at least 60 mines. If Coal India has to pay the levies, its finances will be critically hit as the penalty far exceeds its reserves of INR 38,000 crore.

Coal India subsidiary, Central Mines Planning & Development Institute, has taken up the project for satellite based monitoring of respirable particulate matter and it is under implementation at Singrauli and Talcher coalfields. Sensors in satellites can measure particulate matter over mines by the extent to which these tiny particles obstruct light. It intends to link this data to an online server so that pollution figures are available for everyone

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 02 Dec 2019
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