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Remotely Piloted Aircraft System : Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd.

Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL)

In a first, in Coal India Ltd. (CIL) under the Ministry of Coal, an innovative Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) at Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) was inaugurated.

  • Designed by the MCL’s Innovation Cell and the Department of E&T, the portal named “Vihangam’ for remote monitoring was created by a Mumbai-based start-up of drone manufacturing, robotics and automation.
  • This state-of-art initiative will enable the Company to access real-time video through the internet and pave the way for other allied potential use-cases of drones in mines.
  • Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) is one of the major coal producing company of India. It was carved out of South Eastern Coalfields Limited in 1992 with its headquarters at Sambalpur. It has its coal mines spread across Odisha.
  • MCL was the first coal company to introduce environment-friendly Surface Mining technology in 1999.