The Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) has approved separate projects for the exploration of coal resources in Central Salt Range, Punjab and Thar, southern Sindh.
The three-year project for exploring tertiary coal in Central Salt Range will cost Rs43.350 million and will be completed in 2016.
On the other hand, exploration of coal resources at Badin Coalfield and in the adjoining areas of southern Sindh (Thar) will cost upto Rs170,000 million, and is expected to reach completion by 2016.
These projects aimed at using more coal reserves to meet the rising demand for domestic energy, equipping the coal-fields to increase power generation.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2014.