Press Esc to close

Residents of KGF await silver lining

Kolar, July 13, 2013, DHNS: 22:36 IST

Hope to keep houses, get jobs in new set-up at gold mines

The order of the Supreme Court that global tenders can be called for reviving the Bharat Gold Mines Limited (BGML) in KGF has been met with cautious optimism in the border town.

While restarting operations to extract gold would again provide jobs to the locals, thousands of workers who have their houses here fear that they may lose their places of dwelling, if they are acquired for the project on its revival.

It is said the global tender process will take six months to a year to begin and the whole mining area may be handed over to the successful bidders.

There were 3,000 workers in the Central government-owned firm when it was closed 13 years ago. While many have migrated to their native places in Krishnagiri, Velur, Dharmapuri, Gudiyatham and Chennai in Tamil Nadu, others have gone in search of jobs in mines elsewhere in the country.

But there are a number of others who are not able to leave the houses given to them by BGML for their own reasons and have taken to other professions.

Many have taken up jobs in garages, as masons, securitymen, electricians and painters. Their fervent hope is that one each from the families gets a job and they get to keep their houses.

The not-so-spacious homes have all modern facilities though. Children of the former workers have gone in search of greener pastures outside. Some of the residents do hope that reviving BGML may provide jobs to their children.

Estheramma of the Bandline Telugu colony, who retired from a menial job in the BGML hospital, hopes that someone in the family (her son) gets a job and they get to keep their house. Santosh of the same colony, whose uncle worked in BGML, shares the same opinion.

The mines colony here has 11,000 homes, including the 3,000 belonging to the workers. Those in the colony include families of those who had retired from BGML before it closed down. The BGML is in the process of registering the houses in the names of the workers. Sources told Deccan Herald that the requisite fees had also been collected from the owners.

The residents expect that the government lays conditions for the tenders to the advantage of the workers’ families who have stayed back in KGF. Only time will tell whether that happens.

Go to Top

More from this section
Photo Gallery
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar met members of the Indian Women’s cricket team at the MCA BKC...

Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar met members of the Indian Women’s cricket team at the MCA BKC...

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu joins hands with ASEAN Ministers...

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu joins hands with ASEAN Ministers...

Karni Sena activists demonstrate against the release of Padmaavat, in Bhopal...

Karni Sena activists demonstrate against the release of Padmaavat, in Bhopal...

The tableau of Gujarat for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

The tableau of Gujarat for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

An artist of J & K tableau for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

An artist of J & K tableau for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

Jana Sena Party chief and actor Pawan Kalyan offers sweets to his wife Anna Lezhneva before...

Jana Sena Party chief and actor Pawan Kalyan offers sweets to his wife Anna Lezhneva before...

The tableau of Maharashtra for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

The tableau of Maharashtra for the Republic Day parade, during a press preview in New Delhi...

A woman shows the damage at her house after heavy shelling from the Pakistani side of the...

A woman shows the damage at her house after heavy shelling from the Pakistani side of the...

School students wear the customary yellow dress for Basant Panchami ...

School students wear the customary yellow dress for Basant Panchami ...

Police personnel guard as Buddhist monks wait at the entrance gate to enter Mahabodhi temple...

Police personnel guard as Buddhist monks wait at the entrance gate to enter Mahabodhi temple...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.