It may sound strange, but the government is thinking of developing closed mining pits for tourism activities.
The draft mining policy announced by chief minister
Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday has proposed that tourism be developed in mines
that have shut down after excavation of minerals.
The policy states that "mineral-related tourism would
be promoted with a view to create awareness, educate the masses and provide
employment opportunities to the local people".
It further states, "Geological parks would be set up
in the state wherever feasible."
There's nothing concrete as far as promoting
"mineral-related tourism" is concerned as the proposals in the policy
There is also a big if that goes with the proposal.
Speaking to TOI, mines director Prasanna Acharya said they floated the tourism
idea intending to see whether closed mining pits can be converted into lakes.
"If mining companies have planted trees, then
we can check if those can be converted into spice farms," he added
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