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‘VIHANGAM’ drone technology launched for coal mines

Published on February 06, 2023
Current context: By introducing "VIHANGAM," a web-based portal with a drone and ground control system, Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), a leading Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Ministry of Coal, has deployed drone technology in coal mines.
‘VIHANGAM’ drone technology launched for coal mines

  • Coal India Limited's wholly owned subsidiary MCL (CIL). More than 80% of the coal produced domestically comes from CIL.
  • Authorised customers can access real-time drone video from the mine through the "VIHANGAM" site using a unique 40 Mbps internet lease line that is close to the mines.
  • A control station pilots the drone, and the system may be managed through the portal anywhere.
  • The opencast mines of Talcher Coalfields in Bhubaneswar and Lingraj in Odisha are currently home to this experimental project.
  • By utilising drone technology for volume measurement, environmental monitoring, and photogrammetric mapping of mines, MCL is digitising the mining process.
  • To further raise safety standards, MCL has installed a robotic water sprayer with nozzles in its coal stockyard.


Q.1 Which of the following is true about "VIHANGAM"?
a. It is a technology used in agriculture
b. It is a type of software for monitoring coal mines
c. It is a new method of transportation in coal mines
d. It is a tool used in the oil and gas industry

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