Coal mining, power projects being done 4 months ahead of schedule: Murad
The royalty amount would be around PKR 2.5 Billion per year
MITHI/KARACHI (Dec 6): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that Thar Coal Mine and coal-fired power plants were being completed fourmonths ahead of their schedule. “This is the success story of the project in which people were reluctant to believe in and now we are going to inject first electron in the national grid in February.”
This hew said on Thursday while reviewing the progress of Thar coal mining and power plant projects at Islamkot. The meeting was attended by Provincial Energy minister Imtiaz Shaikh, CM Advisor Murtaza Wahab, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, SECMC Board Chairman Khursheed Jamali, CEO Thar Foundation Abul Fazal Rizvi, all the elected representatives from Thar ad=nd senior officers of SECMC.
Mr Shah said that the royalty of Thar Coal and power project would be around Rs1.8 billion which would be spent on the development of Thar and its people.
Coal Mining: The chief minister was told that there were over all 94 percent over all progress of mining work as against 88 percent planned till the first week of December 2018. Out of 112 billion Cubec Meters 106 MnBCDm over burden has been removed and the current depth of the mines was 154 meters which the chief minis- ter personally visited and examined the coal excavated from the mine. He took up a piece of coal in his hands proudly said that this was black gold for which “our Shaheed Rani [Benazir Bhutto] had started the project but that project could not see the light of the day and now we have completed her mission,” he said. To a question the chief minister was told that 44 M m3 ground water has been discharged into the Gorano pond and more than 23 million safe man-hours have been completed without lost workday injury (LWI). It was pointed out that total 3584 manpower was working on the mine, of them 3329 were Pakistanis, including 2364 Tharis. The project is fours months ahead of its schedule and the cost of the project is $845mn against which a saving of $175 million have been made, therefore total cost comes to $670m, this shows 21 percent saving.