Karachi, December 10, 2019 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said Tuesday that his government was working hard to generate clean energy by installing wind and solar power projects. The breakthrough the Sindh government has made in coal-fire power generation in Thar is a milestone in the country and these projects have not only created employment opportunities for the locals but have changed the dynamics of life style in Thar desert where women empowerment has become the major intervention.
This he said while talking to US Consul General Robert Silberstein who called on him here on Tuesday at CM House. The chief minister said that the country was energy starved and the government had the only option to generate electricity from Thar coal. “This journey was started by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto during her tenure as a prime minister and after a long struggle and efforts, finally we made it and contributed to steering the country out of prolonged load-shedding.
Shah said that the project development was a gigantic task and the more difficult task was the settlement of the affected people in better way by passing on the benefits of the projects established on their ancestral lands. “Now look at the residential colonies, we have established for affected people,” he said and added they were enjoying quite comfortable life which is fusion of their desert and modern life. “We have given them beautiful houses with corridors and igloo type of room locally called as ‘Chonra’, a mosque, a temple, beautiful school, hospital, electricity, water supply and top of it grazing area for their cattle which they keep like their family members,” he said.
Robert Silberstein told the chief minister the coal, wind and the human settlement works made by the government had impressed him very much. He added the thing which worried him was locust swarm in the desert area. “It was quite horrible and must be destroyed at the earliest because some experts have told me if they do not kill them this year, they would cause a catastrophe next year.
The chief minister said that he had provided a grant of Rs10 million to the federal government’s plant protection department to conduct aerial spray in the desert area. ‘Yes, you are right we are late but have not attacked them squarely,” he said.
The American Consul General told the chief minister that he visited NED Engineering College in Mithi. He appreciated the step of the provincial government but said it was a small institute. At this, the Chief Minister said he had already reserved a 300-acre land for the university and said it was dream to establish a full-fledged university. Robert assured the chief minister that the American government would support the provincial government in establishing the state-of-art university in Thar.
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