Mumbai, India: Maharashtra state government in India has put its greenery-wrecking toxic mines on the tourist map. Environmental activists are shocked that the MTDC, which is supposed to promote eco-tourism, is showcasing nature-destroying mines. ”States like Goa and Kerala, which have similar landscape and climate, are trying to push the green cause ahead through tourism and it also generates local employment. In contrast, politicians here support the mining lobby,” said NGO Vanashakti Project Director D Stalin.
MTDC has selected a bauxite mine in Amboli, along with a waterfall and the coastline, as a tourist hotspot and is promoting the visit to the mine as a ”pleasant and different expedition” for visitors. However, Vijay Chavan, General Manager, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) in a clarification to TOI admitted that it is a gross blunder and will be removed immediately.