The Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) is set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for using satellite data to help stop illegal mining across states.

Indian Mines Secretary Balwinder Kumar said that the ministry is making plans to use remote-sensing satellite data to curb illegal mining operations.

According to Kumar, legal boundaries of mined areas can be tracked with the help of satellite images that are taken on a regular basis.

As part of its next steps, it is believed that the ministry plans to start discussions with ISRO in October.

"Legal boundaries of mined areas can be tracked with the help of satellite images that are taken on a regular basis."

The measures to be implemented by IBM would form part of the reforms that are taking place in the mining sector.

The latest development comes in response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directive to various ministries in the country to make use of space-based technology by partnering with ISRO.

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In order to address the mining sector requirements, ISRO is expected to improve its satellite capacity by coordinating with the respective states.

Established in 1948, IBM is involveed in promotion of conservation, scientific development of mineral resources and protection of environment in mines and aims to promote systematic and scientific development of mineral resources of the country.

Image: Satellite imageries taken on a regular basis can help track legal boundaries of mined areas. Photo: courtesy of duron123/