Within three years, four main veins Champion, Oorgaum, Nundydorog, and Mysore were opened. Champion, the deepest, reached some 10, feet 3, meters below sea level.
Until the year all the machinery in the Mines was worked by steam power, but in August the completion of the Cauvery Power Works, brought about a complete revolution in the working of most of the Mines on the Fields, whereby H. People from as far as Kolar could see the lights of this once prosperous city. It also had a sizable Anglo-Indian Population who worked in the various mines in different capacities..
Silicosis, a form of pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust, was first identified in KGF. Muniyappa union minister has been successful in reopening this closed mines and giving life to the almost dead city. It is told that it was his election promise. The water was drawn from the Bettamangala and Ramasagram tanks.
Rotertsonpet The mines are located near this town suburb was established around , and the name was given by the then H. Pritchard was the Clubs Hon. Osborn was the H. Kolar city was one the most prosperous city in India. Joseph of Tarbes , Champion Reef, St. The people of Kolar were very happy and it was a self sufficient city with cheerful people and talkative children. KGF played a major part in the prosperity of the British Empire. The Decline As the years rolled by, and the gold reserves diminished, coupled with the freedom struggle, the Expatriates began to leave the mines, though the British, who owned the mines still, held on to key positions.
Gold reserves dwindled and the once prosperous Gold Mine showed signs of decline. Emigration was now in the air and the Anglo-Indians were leaving India to greener pastures in large numbers. Some went to U. The mines finally closed in despite the protests of the miners and others who depended on the mines for their livelihoods. Many people left the mining town and moved to the nearby cities of Bangalore and Kolar. Talking of Kolar Gold Fields brings back old memories of the social life there, in those days.
The frequent Dances and social functions were something to be witnessed to believe. During December, the whole place will be humming with activity. Dances, Christmas Trees, Gifts for children in all these Clubs, were the highlights of this festive season.
Well Kolar Gold Fields is no longer the same, economically and socially. The posh Bungalows have been divided and sub-divided to accommodate more familes. The glass panes in the windows have been replaced by plywood when broken and the walls have not seen paint for quiet awhile.
The then renowned KGF Club, which once was out of bounds for the Indians, is failing to bits the brass door handles, knobs and hinges have all gone. The highly polished floorboards have not seen wax for a few decades. There is not even cold beer on summers Sunday morning to quench ones thirst.
It is well connected by both Rail and Road. Get a train which goes to Bangarpet, from Banaglore there are many trains along this route Most of the trains going to Chennai and Kerala will pass Bangarpet. From Bangarpet you have to move to Oorgaum, but there are no trains frequently 1 per hour roughly to carry people of Kolar to Bangalore for work along this route, so it will be ideal to get a bus to KGF from Bangarpet, there is one at least every minute I saw many many buses.
You can get down at Robrtsonpet Which is the Last stop and from here, you can make a walk to see the Golden hills and the mines Just 2 kilometer walk , The Countryside is very beautiful and is good the make a walk Bus: Once you reach Robrtsonpet, you are on your own; you can get an auto or make a walk to the Team We were working at Lucid Imaging, Bangalore Anoop Gopala http: