Thar is fu­ture en­ergy hub of Pak­istan: Mushahid

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC), led by Sen­a­tor Mushahid Hus­sain Sayed, paid a 3day visit to the prov­ince of Sind on Jan­uary 28-30, 2016 and vis­ited CPEC projects.

The Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee first vis­ited Port Qasim coal power pro­ject which is pro­gress­ing fast and which, upon com­ple­tion, will pro­duce 1320 MG elec­tric­ity.The mem­bers of the Com­mit­tee had a de­tailed briefing and vis­ited the ac­tual site and saw the progress be­ing made. The mem­bers ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the pace of work and progress of the pro­ject. Later, the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee called on the Chief Min­is­ter of Sind, Syed Qaim Ali Shah and briefed him about the pur­pose of the visit and the work­ing of the com­mit­tee.

Sen­a­tor Mushahid Hus­sain said

that the CPEC is a strate­gic, na­tional pro­ject which is above any per­son, above any party, above any prov­ince and above any govern­ment be­cause it has a span of 15 years and this pro­ject will unite the fed­er­a­tion of Pak­istan through progress and pros­per­ity in var­i­ous fields of eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

The Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee also raised some is­sues per­tain­ing to the Port Qasim power pro­ject with the Chief Min­is­ter, who promised to ful­fill and co­op­er­ate in its com­ple­tion. The Sindh govern­ment also pre­sented their pro­pos­als re­gard­ing en­ergy and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and Sen­a­tor Mushahid Hus­sain as­sured them that there con­cerns would be raised in the Com­mit­tee. In this con­text, the Fi­nance Min­is­ter of Sind, Syed Mu­rad Ali Shah was in­vited to at­tend the next meet­ing of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee on CPEC in Is­lam­abad and he promised to come with his team to present their per­spec­tive re­gard­ing en­ergy projects and the pro­posal for a port at Keti Ban­dar.

Sen­a­tor Mushahid Hus­sain also paid a cour­tesy call on Gov­er­nor of Sind, Dr. Ishratul Ibad Khan at the Gov­er­nor's House and also briefed him on the work of the Com­mit­tee. The Gov­er­nor noted with sat­is­fac­tion the work of the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee and said that CPEC was the guar­an­tor for Pak­istan's fu­ture progress. Next day, the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee trav­eled by road to Thar and vis­ited Mithi and Is­lam Kot and vis­ited the first pro­ject in Pak­istan de­voted to gen­er­at­ing en­ergy through its in­dige­nously mined coal.

Sen­a­tor Mushahid Hus­sain told the Chi­nese and Pak­istan ex­perts work­ing on the site that the Com­mit­tee had de­cided to visit the site per­son­ally and the par­lia­men­tary del- ega­tion in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive from FATA, KPK, Pun­jab and other provinces and this shows a com­mit­ment of the en­tire Pak­istani na­tion to fully sup­port the Thar power pro­ject which is quite his­toric since upon com­ple­tion in 2018, it will gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity from the high qual­ity coal that has been mined from Thar to 1330 MG.

The mem­bers of the com­mit­tee in­clud­ing Akram Khan Dur­rani, MNA/Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Hous­ing and Works, Al­haj Shahji Gul Afridi, MNA/Par­lia­men­tary Leader of FATA and Rana Mo­ham­mad Afzal, MNA/Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Fi­nance said that Thar is the en­ergy fu­ture of Pak­istan and Thar Coal Pro­ject has fi­nally been re­vived af­ter 25 years which is a his­tor­i­cal de­vel­op­ment since it en­tirely shows a na­tional com­mit­tee to Thar which is one of the less de­vel­oped ar­eas of Pak­istan but also a na­tional con­sen­sus since the pro­ject was in­au­gu­rated by Prime Min­is­ter Mian Nawaz Sharif and then Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dar in Jan­uary 2014.

The Com­mit­tee mem­bers urged that the lo­cal in­hab­i­tants of Thar, who are pri­mary stake­hold­ers, may be pro­vided with jobs par­tic­u­larly the youth and women and they also ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion on the pro­vi­sion of clean drink­ing wa­ter to var­i­ous points of the area. They also vis­ited Asia's largest So­lar Hy­brid Wa­ter De­sali­na­tion Plants in Mithi sup­ply­ing 2 mil­lion gal­lon of wa­ter and Is­lam Kot which is sup­ply­ing 1.5 mil­lion gal­lon wa­ter to the peo­ple of the area. They pro­posed es­tab­lish­ment of tech­ni­cal train­ing in­sti­tute for youth. Some points also raised dur­ing the meet­ing about the pro­vi­sion of se­cu­rity in Thar which the Com­mit­tee promised to take up at the high level in Is­lam­abad.

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