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Imtiaz Shaikh directs officials to compensate Thari villagers

KARACHI: The families of the 1320 MW power plant in Thar Coal Block 1 will be paid their dues as soon as possible so that the families who are relocating will be able to resolve their settlement problems as soon as possible.

Energy Minister Imtiaz Shaikh gave these instructions while presiding over a meeting with the officials of Shanghai Electric and Sino Sindh Limited held at the office of the Sindh Energy Department.

The meeting was attended by Mr Meng, Chief Executive Officer of Shanghai Electric, and other officials of Sino Sindh Resources Ltd, while Energy Secretary Abu Bakar Madani, Deputy Commissioner Tharparkar Muhammad Nawaz Soho, Director General Sindh Coal Authority Mushtaq Soomro and other officials of Sindh Energy Department were also present.

It was informed on the occasion that mining in Thar Coal Block 1 in Islamkot is in an advanced stage. On the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Thar Parkar presented the survey report of the families relocated from Thar Coal Block 1.

The energy minister asked the companies operating in Thar Coal Block 1 to pay the dues of the relocated families as soon as possible so that the local population could relocate and the power companies give full attention to power generation. He said that Thar coal was the cheapest and most lasting solution to Pakistan’s energy problems, adding that the provincial government gave top priority to taking steps for the welfare of the local population from every power plant installed there.

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