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Re.ToI report on K.G.F dt.9,10.3.17
Dear Editor: Re: ToI Network news appeared on page 5, issue dt.10.3.2017 Apropos ToI’S News Network on Hon’ble Mr.Roshan Baig’s reported proposal on developing Kolar Gold Field in order to decongest Bengaluru. I as a resident of K.G.F. and with knowledge gained and information gained having worked in BGML for over 32 years I could confidentally say the government’s proposal is in right direction and workable with unimaginably lowest cost. Your reporting is clearly short of lack of information and/or inadequate realty check. Before going to details I shall answer the five major challenges that your reporter has identified as prima facie bottlenecks to implement the proposal. 1) K.G.F. is only 90 kms. away out of which about 60 kms are NH and rest SH. Work is on in widening the SH also as fourlane highway which is expected to be over by in another few months. In all from Bengaluru K.G.F.is reachable in about 45 minutes drive. Moreover K.G.F.alone is serviced by 5 well equipped railway stations and are electrified. EMUs and passenger trains are running throughout day and night ferrying about 15000 commuters to and fro Bengaluru. These trains cover the distance in about 1 hour only. Ofcourse there are other places within 40 kms to 60 kms but the purpose is to decongest the city so spreading out is the need of the hour. 2) Water scarcity is everywhere. Who knows even Bengalureans also land up filling water from trains if rain God will not favour us sooner or later. The truth is, the problem for K.G.F. in its long history over one and a quarter century has been what to do with the plenty of water flooding the mines in the past. The fact is the same now also. You will never see water flowing out of the wells in any other place except in K.G.F. I mean to say wells, the shafts abandoned, and no dewatering activity now a days which was stopped before 2002. Could you imagine there existed innumerable high head, stage pumping system was in operation round the clock and about 27% of mining cost was only towards dewatering the shafts and keep the working levels dry upto 1000 ft.below thereto ! On a rough estimate the water which could be pumped out of over 25-30 shafts left unattended in a strech of 8-10 kms atleast 2-3 tmcft which should be could enough for the population of entire Bengaluru. Needless to say, after purification etc. I have no comments about the desalination plants, if comes through no problem at all. 3) And everybody should know what is the cost involved in procuring prime lands and developing them closure to Bengaluru and time involved to clear all those litigation that would knock the doors of all the courts. May be about 20-25 years and thousands of crores. Let us assume about 10000 acres @ Rs.5 cr (pittance) per acre, works out to Rs.50,000 cr. and where is this 10000 acres of vacant land available. May be your network knows well. On the contrary, it is the only of a few rare cases where over 10000 acres available in the hands of a single person/agency ie. Govt of India and distinctly, all these acres up for grab right now. And hold your breath at a throw away prices. And now you take your calci and work out how much the governments would save in implementing this project. 4) The BEML story, is a great imagination. BEML, adjoining industry in fact holds a couple of abandoned workshops only on lease. The occupied area is only about 3-5 acres which may not be part of this plan. Likewise, Added to this, land occupied by ex-employees, their families and others in all could hardly run about 200 acres which also wouldn’t farm part of the plan. The bungalows and houses occupied by these people are still cherished as a monumental as they have already stood the test of time and other natural calamities for 7-100 years. And importantly they are not for sale or acquisition by others, I hope. 5) The Bite of realty, what to say. The realty sector almost covered all the sides to Bengaluru, that is to say, to the south on the road to Mysuru- the city has already occupied beyond Bidadi, on the west beyond Nelamangala, to the north beyond Devanahalli. What is left is only the eastern corridor. Obviously would help the realty sector to develop lands lying enroute here and there. No one can stop or lament on this. 6) In fact, stretching Bengaluru to K.G.F. would only help the commuters from Kolar, Bangarapet, Malur population by relocating back to their dwelling places avoiding commuting to and fro. And by creation of new jobs more eligible population would be gainfully employed in all kinds of jobs that this development will throw open. And your Network did not know this truth, K.G.F was officially declared by a Karntaka Govt.notification over 20 years ago itself. This entire proposal needs to be compared with other options, in terms of proximity, approach, cost & time involved, long drawn legal battles and compensations etc. Above all the ready availability of plenty of water in its belly, without hydraulic divining or drilling. Better ask your Network re-do a due diligence of all these options juxtaposed. I you would need any more reliable data & info please mail me S.Kumar , to: firstname.lastname@example.org; Mob:9590343444. With Regards, S.Kumar
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