Friday, July 4, 2008

Mines tourism: Knowledge is power


ಪರಿಸರ ಪ್ರೇಮ ಬುದ್ದಿ ಜೀವಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಪರಿಸರ ವಾದಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಅಲ್ಲ
: ಟೂರಿಸಂ ವಿಷಯ ಅರಿಯದೇ ಪ್ರಲಾಪಿಸುವುದೂ ಸರಿಯಲ್ಲ! ಟೂರಿಸಂ ಅಂದರೆ ರೆಸಾರ್ಟ್ ಮಾತ್ರ ಅಲ್ಲ..ಇಕೋ ಟೂರಿಸಂ ಕೂಡ ಇದೆಯೆಂದು ಇವರಿಗೇಕೆ ತಿಳಿದಿಲ್ಲ? (ಉದಯವಾಣಿ- ಬರಹ /ವಿಜಯ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ-ಓದುಗರ ಪತ್ರ?)

ಕುದುರೆಮುಖದಲ್ಲಿ ಈಗಲೇ ಈಜುಕೊಳ ರೆಸಾರ್ಟ್ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಇವೆ...ಹೊಸದಾಗಿ ಏನನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಬೇಕಾಗಿಲ್ಲ..ದೇವಳ , ಕಟ್ಟಡಗಳು, ವಸತಿ ಗ್ರಹಗಳು, ರೆಸಾರ್ಟ್, ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್ ಕೋರ್ಟ್ , ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆ , ಸುಸಜ್ಜಿತ ಶಾಲೆ (ಒಂದೊಮ್ಮೆ ಕೇಂದ್ರೀಯ ವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ ) ಉದ್ಯಾನ ಎಲ್ಲ ಇವೆ. ಈಗ ಚಿಂತನೆ ನಡೆದಿರುವುದು ಇವೆಲ್ಲಗಳ ಸದುಪಯೋಗ... ಇಕೋ ಟೂರಿಸಂ, ಮೆಡಿಕಲ್ ಟೂರಿಸಂ ಮಾಡಲು ಉತ್ತಮ ಅವಕಾಶ...ಇಕೋ ಟೂರಿಸಂ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಯದೆ,ಕುದುರೆಮುಖದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ, ಯಾರೋ ಯಾವಾಗಲೋ ಬರೆದ ಧಾಟಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಲೇಖನ ಬರೆದರೆ ಇವರ ಅಜ್ಞಾನದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಮಗೆ ಕನಿಕರವಿದೆ... ಅಷ್ಟಾಗಿ ಎಲ್ಲ ಓದುಗರಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ವಿನಂತಿ : ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಕುದುರೆಮುಖಕ್ಕೆ ಭೇಟಿ ಕೊಡಿ...ನಿಮ್ಮ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆ ನಮಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿ...
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ಇದನ್ನೂ ಓದಿ...
"It is being contemplated to develop mine tourism in Kudremukh region.The KIOCL facility is still in pristine condition and can be utilisedfor educating the youth and children on how the mining activities are carried out" (here is some info on Mine Tourism)Dr.V.S.Acharya visited Mines City in 2002 while on a personal trip toMalaysia (background lake was once a tin mine. Building in thebackground is Palace of Golden Horses - part of Mines City)
Mine tourism is nothing new in many parts of the world. It is a great way to preserve existing ecology (and mend any earlier damages) while benefiting local economy by way of eco-tourism. Mines Resort City in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a good example of this(Wikipedia link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_MINES) Once the world's largest open cast tin mine covering 1300 acres, MinesCity is now one of Malaysia's most popular tourist attractions after being developed as a destination for International Conferences and as a high end resort. Mine workers and their descendants who wereunemployed due to closure of the mine are employed by numerous business establishments in Mines City. Some of the events hosted byMines City include G-15 Summit, ASEAN Summit, APEC conferences.Dr.V.S.Acharya visited Mines City in 2002 while on a personal trip toMalaysia (background lake was once a tin mine. Building in the background is Palace of Golden Horses - part of Mines City)

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ಕುದುರೆಮುಖದಲ್ಲಿ ಟ್ರೆಕ್ಕಿಂಗ್ : http://www.karnatakawildernesstourism.org/Trekking_opp_in/Kudremukh.htm
ಹಕ್ಕಿ ಪ್ರಿಯರಿಗೆ / ornithologists...please visit: http://www.indiabirds.com/HotSpots/FullDetails.asp?spotid=277&page=1
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more on mining & tourism around the world: ಪ್ರಪಂಚದ ಗಣಿಗಳ ಪ್ರವಾಸೋದ್ಯಮದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಮಾಹಿತಿಗಾಗಿ ಇವನ್ನು ನೋಡಿ...

11 comments:

Shrinidhi Hande said...

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಪ್ರವಾಸೋದ್ಯಮವನ್ನು ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಪಡಿಸಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿದೆ. ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ ರಸ್ತೆ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸುವುದು ಮತ್ತು ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಿಖರ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಅ೦ತರ್ಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಲಭ್ಯವಿರುವ೦ತೆ ಮಾಡುವುದು ತುರ್ತಾಗಿ ಆಗ ಬೇಕಿದೆ

Pattabhi Kalasa said...

ಕುದುರೆಮುಖದಲ್ಲಿ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಇರುವ ಮೂಲಭೂತ ಸೌಕರ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಿಕುಂಡು ಪೋಲಿಸ್ ಎಕಾಡಮಿ ಸ್ಠಾಪನೆ ಮಾಡುವ ಮಾನ್ಯ ಸಚಿವರ ಹೇಳಿಕೆ ಸ್ವಾಗತಾರ್ಹ. ಆದರ ಆ ಹೇಳಿಕೆಗೆ ಪರಿಸರವಾದಿಯೆಂದು ಹೇಳಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವವರ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಓದಿ ಆಶರ್ಯವೂ ಆಗಲಿಲ್ಲ - ಏಕೆಂದರೆ ಕಳೆದ ಕೆಲ ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ಪರಿಸರದ ಹೆಸರಲ್ಲಿ ವಿದೇಶೀ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳಿಂದ ಅನುದಾನ ಪಡೆದು ಕೋಟ್ಯಾಧೀಶರಾದ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ಜನರನ್ನು ನಾವು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿಂದು ಕಾಣಬಹುದು.

ಈ ಲಾಭಿಗಳು ಹಿಂದಿರುವ ಶಕ್ತಿಗಳಾವುವು? ಅವುಗಳ ಎಜೆಂಡಾ ಏನು? ಕುದುರೆಮುಖದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಯಾರು ಏನೇ ಮಾತಾಡಿದರೂ ಗುರ್‍ರ್‍ಎಂದು ಹರಿಹಾಯುವ ಅಸಹನೆಗೆ ಕಾರಣ ಏನು? ಇಡೀ ಕುದುರೆಮುಖವನ್ನೇ ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆ ಪಡೆದಂತೆ ಮಾತಾಡುವ ಹಕ್ಕನ್ನು ಇವರಿಗೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟವರಾರು? ಕುದುರೆಮುಖವನ್ನು ಹಾಳೂರು ಮಾಡುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಟೊಂಕ ಕಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಶಕ್ತಿಗಳಾವುವು?

ಮಾನ್ಯ ಸಚಿವರು ಮತ್ತು ಸರಕಾರ ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕೂಲಂಕಷ ತನಿಖೆ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ಕುದುರೆಮುಖದ ಪಕ್ಕದ ಕಳಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿ ಬೆಳೆದ ನಾನು ವಿನಂತಿಸ ಬಯುತೇನೆ.

ಪಟ್ಟಾಭಿ - ಅಮೆರಿಕ (ಹುಟ್ಟೂರು ಕಳಸ)

Pradeep Kamath said...

I request Hon'ble Minister to investigate link between lobbies which are hell bent on shutting down Kudremukh completely and the rise of Naxalism in the area.

Environmentalism is just a smokescreen for this lobby. If they are so worried about environment why are they silent on destruction in Bellary due to mining?

Also isn't it a coincidence that one of the most mineral rich mining in all Asia in Kudremukh was shutdown and at the same time mining peaked in other areas of state?

I have been to Kudremukh many times and it was one of the best township I have seen in whole India. It will be a national waste if all that infrastructure goes back into wilderness.

Setting up police training academy using existing infrastructure is an excellent move by you sir. And as seen in the Udayavani articles there are elements which don't like law enforcement in their midst! I wonder why???

Pradeep Kamath
Bangalore

Pratap Joshi said...

As a Mining Engineering student in KREC Suratkal (now NIT) we were fortunate to visit Kudremukh plant when it was in its full glory.

Anyone who has been to Kudremukh knows it was one of the efficient and eco-friendly plant. For example unlike the mining truck tragedy we see now on the roads, Kudremukh transported iron ore to Mangalore port through pipes.

And I agree with the minister of retaining at least the township. It was built to last hundred years and it is ideally suited for training academy or eco-tourism.

Instead of mothballing the plant it should retained so that scores of mining/metallurgy engineering students can benefit from it just like thousands of us did -- Pratap

Anonymous said...

Hayavadana, Thugalukh and so on...author of the article and Editor of Udayavani must be thinking that a poorly worded article like this will become a "master piece" if they throw some words in random. Article reminds me of one of those jobless "Jnanapeethis" who was also involved in protests against Kudremukh. It is well known that he is lobbying for Nobel now for his "service to humanity".

Why are ecoterrorists of Western Ghats so against any suggestion about Kudremukh?

Sukumar Kudroli said...

Dear Sir - there is a misconception that Supreme Court ruled againsts ANY activitiy in Kudremukh National Park Area which is not true.

So called environmentalists have consistently misled people about the court order. It bans only MINING in the area. So I really like your idea of using the existing facilities for productive use.

In ex-USSR countries some very large mines and plants which are no longer in use have become attractive tourist destinations now.

More power to you for thinking of the bigger picture unlike the "frog in the well" mentality of self-styled environmentalists!!!

ಮನೋಜ್ ನಾಯ್ಕ said...

ಕುದುರೆಮುಖದಲ್ಲಿ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಇರುವ ಕಟ್ಟಡಗಳನ್ನು, ಶಾಲಾಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಗಳನ್ನು ಧ್ವಂಸ ಮಾಡಿ ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಕಾಡಾಗಲು ಬಿಡಬೇಕೆಂಬ ದೇವು ಹನೆಹಳ್ಳಿಯವರ ತರ್ಕ ಕುತರ್ಕವೇ ಸರಿ!

ಈ ತರ್ಕವನ್ನೇ ಮುಂದುವರೆಸುವುದಾದರೆ "ಉದಯವಾಣಿ" ಇರುವ ಮಣಿಪಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಿಂದೆ ಹುಲಿಗಳಿದ್ದ ಕಾರಣ ಈಗ ಹುಲಿ-ಚಿರತೆಗಳನ್ನು "Re-Introduce" ಮಾಡಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಹಿಂದೆ ಕಾಡು ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಾಗಿದ್ದ ಈಗಿನ ಊರುಗಳನ್ನು ಧ್ವಂಸ ಮಾಡಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಮಾನವರೂ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಆದಿಮಾನವನಂತೆ ಬದುಕಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಇಂತಹ ಆಗು ಹೋಗದ ದೇವು ಹನೆಹಳ್ಳಿಯವರ ಚಿಂತನೆಗೆಳು "ತುಘಲಕ್" ಚಿಂತನೆ ಆಗುತ್ತವೆ. ವಾಸ್ತವಾಂಶವನ್ನು ಅರಿತು ಪೋಲಿಸ್ ಅಕಾಡೆಮಿಯ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಸಚಿವರ ಹೇಳಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರಾಜ್ನಾವಂತ ನಾಗರಿಕರು ಸ್ವಾಗತಿಸಬೇಕು.

Ramrao (ex-IAS) said...

Kudremukh township has potential to be another Mussoorie where IAS officers are trained in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration.

It can also be used in the lines of National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla (near Pune)

I have been to both these places and environment has actually benefited from these institutions. I laud the efforts of Karnataka Govt in this direction. Great idea.

thinkrational said...

Dear Sir, Offlate the general perception of the public regarding the police force is that it is a dept with scant regards towards the public and filled with corrupt bibe hungry officers. This general perception does not bode well with any department. This might the result of decades long mismanagement of the force by respective govt. A good professional law enforcement agency will automatically earn respect from the public and that image is also very important for projecting effective detterence towards criminal elements in the society.
A complete makeover of the force would be a good beginning and so as the public face of the force. The website of the agency http://www.karnatakastatepolice.org is typical of a govt web site. I think it is high time to give it some professional makeover and make it atpar with some of the world's topmost police dept like the Newyork police or scotland yard or LA police dept. Just look at their websites at http://www.lapdonline.org/, http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/home/home.shtml etc.

Secondly, every single police officer should adhere to strict force rules as they are the one who deal with the public on a daily basis. A fat lazy looking officer will definitely do no good to the image of the force.

Also, the govt should embark on a media campaign to improve the over all image of the force.

Anonymous said...

I believe, some 5 star hotel lobby based in north india is hell bent on devaluing the kudremukh property...so that they can buy it for throw away price...
they did similar thing in uttaranchal...and got rid of mining, built spas which only a western tourist can afford! They must have sponsored this article in Udayavani!

caf said...

Dear Dr Acharya

This is on fire stations. Bangalore has population of more than 75 lacs and there are only 13 fire stations. I think there is a need to have atleast one small fire station to each constituency-- this is so because of reaching the spot in traffic

One is needed in JP nagar of Jayanagar Constituency.I have spoken to Mr Vijaya Kumar local MLA. There is already a place with water facility