Government-supported Coal India (CIL) has launched a new initiative to digitally transform its mining operations.

Called the ‘Project Digicoal’ and a ‘Digital War-Room’, the initiative is aimed at assisting the entity in monitoring and assisting its project at its headquarters in Kolkata, West Bengal.

CIL said in a tweet: “This project will help CIL’s mining operations become future-ready using advanced digital solutions.”

CIL has onboarded information and technology company Accenture to assist it in designing and implementing the project.

CIL chairman Pramod Agrawal said that the launch of Project Digicoal is an important milestone of digitalisation in CIL and the initiative will streamline the processes.

The launch saw the project become operational in seven CIL coal mines, including the Gevra; Dipka; and Kusmunda mines in SECL, and the Nigah; Jayant; Dudhichua; and Khadia mines in NCL.

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In addition, the move is expected to help CIL achieve the target of one billion tonnes of coal production by the financial year 2026, reported the Economic Times, citing the Press Trust of India (PTI).

The report added: “The project will drive efficiency through a portfolio of Industry 4.0 digital solutions such as deploying drones for robust surveying and planning… digitisation of land records for land acquisition management, and preventive asset maintenance to minimise process downtime.”

CIL is said to provide for more than 80% of the country’s domestic output.

Last month, CIL said it hopes to supply 156 million tonnes of coal during April and June to cater to the increased power supply demand.