Jhumri Tilaiya: Scenic Beauty, Sainik School, Reservoir & Natural Resources
Jhumri Telaiya is not a new name for the people belonging to radio age (eighties/nineties). I have stayed in nearby places in the past and even worked for the benefit of rural people residing in this area. I am nostalgic to this place since I am hearing its name of this place from childhood on "All India Radio" & Radio Srilanka (Ceylone). Binaka Geetmaala and Vividh Bharti's various musical programs always mentioned the name of radio listeners from Telaiya. Besides nostalgia to music lovers, place is also known for Mica resources, Sainik School and Tilaiya reservoir. Damodar Valley Corporation has worked lot of work in the fields of electricity generation, help in improving farm productivity and supply of reservoir related data to research scholars from scientific organizations and famous Institutes of Technology especially, IIT, Kharagpur. I have a great fascination for this place and I have to fulfill my duty as an author of an international site to bring this area on global map for its peculiarities.
Once Koderma (city adjacent to Tilaiya) was known for production and export of Mica and several businessmen have their palatial houses in Koderma (adjacent to Tilaiya). However, demand of Mica has declined substantially after collapse of Russia and mineral has been substituted by other synthetic products. Mica mining had always been a source of employment for thousands of people in region and contribution of Bihar, being the main producer in the country, confined to more than half of the total production in India. Mica is well known globally for its excellent insulating properties and high-heat-resistance capacity and main consumers are chemical, pharmaceutical and paints industries. Media reports in recent past hinted about the interest shown by the chemical and pharmaceutical major Merck delegation for allotment of mica mines in Jharkhand’s mica zone in favor of Merck’s six suppliers. In addition to mica, world famous quality of Ruby Mica produced in India is available in the Koderma mica belt. On inquiring about the scenic beauty and spots of tourist's interest, I was told by local people to visit the Tilaiya Sainik School and Tilaiya Dam where electricity is produced utilized water from the Dam. I was amazed to see the beauty of the place and surprised to find that State Govt. has done very little to develop this place as the tourist spot to improve people's earning.Had it been in any other state, people residing in this place may have got opportunity to generate more revenue serving tourist's needs.
Presently, Jhumari Tilaiya has come in prominence due to "Sainik School" and "Tilaiya Dam". Water of the Tilaiya Dam is used to generate electricity and irrigate farmers' land. Tilaiya Dam was constructed on the Barakar river. Scenic beauty of the place is difficult to describe in words. Dam is located about 18 km away from Koderma railway station and same distance from nearest point on GT Road called Barahi. I visited this place in 2008 and posted some photos on this hub. Few days back I have one more opportunity to visit this place and snapped few more photographs. Comparing both photos, I observed that recent photos are more interesting and I updated this hub by replacing few old photos and uploading more photos.
Preparing boys from their early age not only academically but also physically and mentally for entry into the Defence Services is the primary objective of all Sainik schools.Tilaiya Sainik School was 12th in the chain of 24 Sainik Schools whose foundation stone was laid down on 16th September 1963 that later settled itself as a landmark on the scene of the Jharkhand state to become the top ranking nursery of the NDA in the India. Removal of regional imbalance in the officer cadre of the Defence Services was the main objective of its establishment in Jharkhand/Bihar besides bringing public education within reach of common men.