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Vehicles transporting minerals to get GPS devices in Jammu and Kashmir

Last Updated on November 29, 2021 at 5:45 pm

In a bid to enforce strictness and restrain unlawful trade, GPS based vehicle tracking system will soon be established on the vehicles registered with the department for transportation of minerals in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

The unlawful trade practice and illegal trade system can be monitored by installation of GPS based vehicle tracking system on mineral transporting vehicles. This will help to keep a check on evasion of royalty and curb the loss to the exchequer of the government.

Recently, Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta held detailed discussion on the issue of transportation of minerals happening in illicit manner. Chief Secretary directed the Geology and Mining Department to initiate steps to curb the illicit trade as early as possible.

Geology and Mining floated the Expression of Interest for empanelment of vendor(s) along with vehicle tracking system and load sensor on mineral transporting vehicles. The vehicle tracking device on mineral transporting vehicles will help to monitor the movement of official vehicles and effective enforcement through a web-based vehicle tracking application solution that is also proposed to be developed.

The installation of vehicle tracking device on all the trucks used for transportation of minerals across the Union Territory will be made mandatory and the owners of the vehicles will have to procure the device from the vendor(s) that will be empanelled by the department. Mineral transporting vehicles will be fitted with AIS140 certified vehicle tracking device standards as per the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) connecting to the backend application which will be provided by the empanelled GPS vendors.

Director Geology and Mining O P Bhagat said that formalities regarding installation of vehicle tracking system along with load censors on the vehicles involved in the transportation of minerals are almost finished.