Ministry of Mines vide press release dated 26 July 2023 has issued clarification regarding Mining Surveillance System (MSS). MSS has been successful in checking illegal mining activities around mining leases. The system was developed to assist the State Governments to detect and curb illegal mining activities.
The system checks a region of 500 meters around the existing mining lease boundary using satellitic imagery to search for any unusual activity which is likely to be illegal mining. Any discrepancy found is flagged-off as a trigger.
The triggers thus generated are forwarded to respective State Governments for verification through field visit. A user friendly mobile app for MSS has also been developed for Citizens and State Governments to ensure ease of access and transparency.