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Sindh govt to pay Islamkot electricity bill: Bilawal

He inaugurated the Thar coal power plant on Wednesday

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 10, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
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Posted: Apr 10, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

The people of Thar will get free electricity as “their coal” is being used, declared Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday while inaugurating the first coal power generation plant. 

“The electricity bills of the people living in Islamkot will be payed by the Sindh government,” he said. The inauguration ceremony was performed in Islamkot where the coal mine of Thar block-II and the first power plant is located.

This would address their sense of disenfranchisement, he said. The PPP chairman also announced that they would explore NED university of engineering opening a campus in Thar, from where a social media movement had emerged to demand higher education.

The PPP chairperson was accompanied by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, his cabinet colleagues, senior government officials and diplomats of various countries, including China.

The federal government was represented by Federal Power Minister Umer Ayub Khan.

Related: Thar Coal-fired power project, coal mining to be inaugurated on April 10: Sindh chief minister

The power plant is of 660 megawatts consisting of two power generation units of 330 MWs each. It is part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The project manager, Faisal Shafiq, said that one of the power generation units had already been synchronised with the national grid while the synchronisation of the second unit will start from today.

He said commercial operation of the power plant would start by June this year. Shafiq said Shafiq said the project took 10 years to complete – since the time the Thar coal project was conceived after the Sindh government entered into a partnership with Engro under the public-private partnership regime.

Related: Thar Coal project comes online, adds 330MW to national grid

It was an arduous and nerve-testing job for all the stakeholders of the project, he said, adding that all environmental concerns regarding the first major coal-based power project of the country had been well allayed as the energy project had been built in accordance with the standards set by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the region can produce enough coal to generate 15 GW in 10 years. This cheap alternate to imported fuel can help the country overcome a chronic energy shortage that has been wiping off 2 percentage points from economic growth every year.

The successful commencement of this power plant will pave the way for more power plants in the Thar coal region. Engro has already started digging a second pit in the region while some Chinese companies have also planned similar projects nearby.

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10 Comments

  1. Fazal  April 10, 2019 11:40 am/ Reply

    who is Bilawal to inaugurate the Plant. He has no official capacity. Pakistan is a federation and the prime minister should be the one to inaugurate.

    • Aamir Raza  April 11, 2019 9:00 am/ Reply

      If imran Khan in last tenure could inaugurate the projects in kpk then bilawal can in sindh

  2. Usman  April 10, 2019 12:15 pm/ Reply

    Why Bilawal? He is no minister or a person with any National merit. In fact, he is a defender of the corrupt. This Sindh government needs to go.

  3. Latif  April 10, 2019 2:01 pm/ Reply

    Sindh gov dint even give the money. It all came from CPEC. PPP heads should hang in shame!

  4. Agha  April 10, 2019 3:13 pm/ Reply

    Thank You Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, you are the only leader of this country with vision and program for Progressive, Prosperous and Peaceful Pakistan.

  5. Sharjeel  April 10, 2019 4:30 pm/ Reply

    Agha! You really believe in that!!!
    You need to wake up and see the reality of the corruption and benami account transactions paying bills for bilawal house. Now please open your eyes.., he’s not Benazir nor Bhutto he hasn’t done anything for Sindh he seem to have lost all of it.

  6. Yasir Muhammad  April 10, 2019 5:40 pm/ Reply

    Above comments say who is bilawal buhtto I’m no ppp fan but respect provincial autonomy its a very good positive move to provide free electricity to islamkot

    • Usman  April 10, 2019 11:10 pm/ Reply

      Yasir, it is not about provincial autonomy. We want a clean government in Sindh which PPP can not provide even with this face saving tactic.

  7. Anonymous  April 11, 2019 10:34 am/ Reply

    great leader Bilawal!

  8. Mohammad Ali  April 11, 2019 11:41 am/ Reply

    Bilawal can because of MNA in national assembly and chairman of ppp.
    Now listen when jahangir tareen is going to sit and attend the official meetings inspite of that he is disqualified person from the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Word disqualified hope you understand well.now turn to Mr Bilawal he is MNA and doing defend not offend. Everybody have right to defend himself hope you understand now.

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