Coal mines have become major tourist attractions in Maharashtra, all thanks to the changing perception which has generated interest in the life of the miners, reports BusinessLine.
The eco-friendly Mine Tourism Circuit at Saoner near Nagpur was opened two years ago and since then, footfall at the Nagpur Eco Park have crossed 1.45 lakh, according to official estimates.
Two years ago, the numbers were as low as 10,000 footfalls when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lauded Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL) for developing the eco-friendly mine tourism site.
In his monthly address in March 2016, Modi had said, “Generally we don’t think of coal mines as places to be visited. WCL has made these same coal mines a destination for tourism.” Read More