India to offer mining tourism from October
Akshay Kumar – Mumbai
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is all set to introduce mining tourism for the first time in the country. In a new development, MTDC has signed up with Western Coalfields to introduce a mining tourism package from October 2015. Initially, the tours will be launched in the coal mines of Yavatmal and Chandrapur near Nagpur. Many countries including the US, Chile, Brazil, have mining tourism, which is quite popular amongst tourists.
Speaking exclusively to Express TravelWorld, Paraag Jaiin Nainutiia, managing director, MTDC said, “In October we will be launching mining tourism for the very first time in the country. In the beginning, we will introduce a package only for males who are above 18 years. Later, after a period of testing, we will introduce it for women travellers. This tour is strictly restricted to adults, as it may not be suitable for children.”
MTDC is also in talks with Manganese Ore India to launch Manganese Oar tours in Nagpur. When asked about the pricing of the package Nainutiia said that it is yet to be finalised, but it will be nominal. The mining tourism package can also be clubbed with other nearby destinations, and travellers can stay at the MTDC resort in Tadoba.