Coal min­ing, power projects be­ing done 4 months ahead of sched­ule: Mu­rad

The roy­alty amount would be around PKR 2.5 Bil­lion per year

Daily Messenger - - Front Page - By Im­tiaz Dha­rani

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.

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