Gandhinagar: The Industries and Mines department of the Gujarat government launched the Trinetra drone surveillance system in order to keep a hawk-eye and prevent corruption by officials and employees and illegal activities like theft of sand from riverbanks and illegal mining. In the first stage of this project will be implemented over Sabarmati, Orsang, Tapi and Bhadar rivers where unauthorized sand-mining is rampant. The chief minister, while speaking at the launch event warned that erring authorities and employees would be dealt with strictly upon being caught indulging in corruption.

The CM exulted confidence that this technology will be successful in bringing down the rampant corruption in the mining industry. Gujarat’s mining area spread at 2 lakh sq.kms. There would be a state-level command control center from where the drones will be controlled to keep an eye on the mining regions and make vigilance stricter. Soon, other departments like water supply, roads, and housing, police, etc will also be provided with this surveillance technology.

The state government has set up the infrastructure for an online bidding process to sell 686 mining blocks in Gujarat. In order to eliminate corruption in the mining and transportation works of minerals, the state government has ensured that vigilance gets the boost of digitization with the drone surveillance and special security papers with barcode and holograms. Mining department’s commissioner Rupvantsinh gave a detailed description and presentation on the usage of the drone surveillance at this event which was held in Gandhinagar.

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