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NMDC, IIT-Kharagpur ink pact for drone-based mineral exploration

NMDC, IIT-Kharagpur ink pact for drone-based mineral exploration

NMDC, IIT-Kharagpur ink pact for drone-based mineral exploration
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By PTI Mar 19, 2022 9:27 PM IST (Published)

NMDC is conducting exploration for various minerals in Madhya Pradesh and also in the Beloda-Belmundi block in Chhattisgarh for diamonds.

the National Minerals Development Corporation (NMDC) on Saturday said it has signed a pact with IIT-Kharagpur for the exploration of minerals using drones. The MoU for "drone-based mineral exploration" was signed virtually by the senior officials of NMDC and professors of IIT-Kharagpur, the miner said in a statement. NMDC, under the Ministry of Steel, is into exploration of wide range of minerals such as iron ore, copper, rock phosphate, limestone, magnesite, diamond, tungsten and beach sands etc.

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NMDC CMD Sumit Deb said, "NMDC would be the first CPSE in India to conduct drone-based geophysical surveys and hyper-spectral studies for mineral exploration in the country."
The tie up with IIT-Kharagpur, he said, will open a new chapter and set a benchmark in the field of mineral exploration for the nation. NMDC is conducting exploration for various minerals in Madhya Pradesh and also in the Beloda-Belmundi block in Chhattisgarh for diamonds. Under the pact, NMDC and IIT-Kharagpur would develop spectral products, methods and algorithms for exploration using drones for mining, the statement said.
The collaboration between NMDC and IIT-Kharagpur would further lead to the development of software spectral tools for mineral excavation and capacity building programmes on mining technology, it said.
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