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2016-04-14 04:35:53

Thar and Thar-coal: Why Govt is interested in resources not people of Thar?

the dying thar

 

The government, in an attempt to begin work in regards to the Thar coal project, gave a financial guarantee to Engro Powergen on Monday.Sources have indicated that the National Transmission Company will lay a 500kV wire between Thar and Mathiari. The project also includes the establishment of two 330 Megawatt (MW) coal plants, which will be completed till 2019 after an investment of $2 billion.According to the experts, the country’s energy crisis will be dealt in an effective manner after the completion of this project. Government’s efforts towards utilizing the Thar coal is appreciable but at the same time it is deplorable that despite bestowed with such precious natural resource, the area hit hard by the famine has been neglected and every now and then we continue to hear about the death of people especially children due to malnutrition there. Having the lowest human development index amongst all the districts in Sindh, the people of Tharparkar are living in an environment where unclean water and shortage of other basic amenities of lives are taking a heavy toll and there appears to be no end in sight of their long sufferings. Cosmetics steps are announced by the Provincial government but hardly anything concrete is done on the ground to provide necessary relief to the people. Situation has reached to the level that malnourished families have started migrating to other areas due to the shortage of fodder for their cattle – the major source of their livelihoods. Poor arrangements in hospitals and lack of basic facilities are adding to the severity of the issue. Pakistan People’s Party is ruling the Province for the second consecutive term but it is depressing to note that it has turned its back towards the plight of these ill fated people who even in the 21st century are dying of disease and hunger. Though population in Tharparkar is sparsely located, yet the settlements may be better planned for better delivery of all the basic services to them. We will ask the Sindh government to come out of deep slumber and take remedial measures to provide education, vocational training, and exploitation, development and provision of sweet groundwater to the area, with installation of desalination plants and solar water pumps. We also urge Federal government as well as philanthropists to pay attention towards long-term development of area.

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