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Real story of Kolar Gold Fields: What is the story of the mine which was shown in superstar Yash’s film KGF, how did the mining of gold started here and what is its condition today? Know the answers to these questions…
From the first part of KGF, the audience was eagerly waiting for its sequel. Recently its sequel KGF Chapter 2 ,KGF-2) released. This film is making records. So far it has earned around Rs 200 crore. The full name of KGF is Kolar Gold Fields (Kolar Gold Fields, Superstar Yash’s film Karnataka (Karnataka) of the gold mines present in Kolar (Gold Mines) based on. This is such a mine where once people used to dig them by hand and used to extract gold. In the history of 121 years, about 900 tonnes of gold has been extracted from this mines.
What is the story of the mine which was shown in superstar Yash’s film KGF, how did the mining of gold started here and what is its condition today? Know the answers to these questions…
second deepest mine in the world
The gold mine shown in the film is in a tehsil named Robertsonpet, 30 km from the headquarters of Kolar district of Karnataka. The Kolar Gold Fields is counted as the second deepest mine in the world after South Africa’s Poneng Gold Mines.
Many stories were prevalent about this Khan. Hearing these, Lieutenant John Warren of the British Government reached here. To know the truth of KGF, John gave a challenge to the villagers. He said, whoever shows the gold out of the mine will be rewarded. In the desire to get the reward, the villagers reached John by filling the soil of the mine in the bullock cart. When John examined the soil, he actually found traces of gold in it. During that period, John had extracted 56 kg of gold from the mine. After this, between 1804 and 1860, many efforts were made to extract gold, but nothing came to fruition. During this, the excavation in the mine was stopped due to the death of many people.
Research on this mine started in 1871. Actually, retired British soldier Michael Fitzgerald Llewelly read a report published in the Asiatic Journal in 1804, in which this gold mine of Kolar was mentioned. Leveli was very excited and came to India. They traveled within 100 km of the mine and identified the places where gold could be found. As a result, they were able to find places with gold deposits.
The mining license was issued by the Maharaja of Mysore.
After the first success, John sought permission in 1873 from the Maharaja of Mysore to issue licenses for mining. The Maharaja issued the license on February 2, 1875. John found investors for this and entrusted the mining work to the British company John Taylor & Sons. In this way the work of extracting gold from KGF started.
Once 95% of the country’s gold used to come out from here, today it is in ruins
According to media reports, 95 percent of the gold that came out in India at that time came from this KGF. In this way, India had reached the sixth position in terms of producing gold.
In 1930, gold reserves started decreasing in Kolar Gold Field. Until India became independent, it was controlled by the British. After independence, in 1956 this mine went under the control of the Center. Presently this mine has turned into ruins. The tunnels that were dug to extract gold are now full of water. Experts say, there is still gold in KGF, but from the current situation of the mine, it is clear that the cost of extracting more gold than what is available here will come.