ISLAMABAD: The Thar coal mining and 660MW power project in Thar Block II will be completed ahead of the scheduled time; the commissioning date is set at June 3, 2019, said Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) Chief Shamsuddin Ahmed Shaikh.
“Despite declaring Gorano reservoir project technically and environmentally sound by the judicial committee of Sindh High Court, we are ready to talk with the protesters to remove their concerns, which were created by misinformation,” said Shaikh while addressing an Iftar dinner ceremony held in Mithi.
Sharing details of the coal mining project, he said the company has achieved 40% mining and 33% progress on the power projects in 15 months after its financial closure was achieved in April 2016. “The total duration envisaged for completion of the project was set at 42 months, but the pace of the work ensures us of its completion in 38 months instead,” he added.
Sindh Assembly member Dr Mahesh Malani said that Thar Coal Block II project is one of the largest energy schemes of Pakistan and it is a blessing for the people of Thar. Malani assured that Sindh is ready to guarantee that no damage would occur to the locals living around the Gorrano Reservoir. The government is considering a package for the Gorrano community, which would be announced soon.
Responding to a question pertaining to the technicalities of the reservoir, he said the feasibility study has been prepared by reputable international firms and it is in no one’s favour to challenge their reports, which have been carefully drafted after comprehensive research considering all aspects.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 15th, 2017.