NUCLEAR scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand has said that four more wells of the Thar coal project had been set on fire and as a result gas production from these would begin from next week. A flame would be lit from gas as emissions begin from these wells towards the end of May. According to Dr Samar Mubarakmand, through the Thar coal project electricity would be generated at Rs4 per unit while the rental furnace oil plants cost Rs20 per unit on … average. He further said that 10,000MW of electricity could be generated daily through Thar coal reserves. A number of foreign companies, including those of China, had expressed interest to invest in the … project.

In response to the assertion of a Planning Commission member that the venture was unfeasible, Dr Samar said that the … project was making progress ‘successfully’. From the Thar coal reserves, 10,000MW … [could] be generated for 30 years if the government continued financial assistance. Planning Commission member Shahid Sattar should desist from becoming more loyal than the king. According to Dr Samar, Shahid Sattar has neither visited the Thar coal project nor [does he have] any knowledge about it. He has been labelling a project of national interest unfeasible….

One should be very careful while commenting on such matters. Putting hurdles in the execution of the Thar coal project by stopping timely release of funds and … declaring it unfeasible seems to be part of the strategy of the powerful oil lobby that has become active to bulldoze this project…. The government should accept … Dr Samar’s [offer] and ensure the required funds … but the rulers seem least interested in providing relief to the nation. In the wake of the … energy crisis, the government should have curtailed its expenditures on non-development activities [as well as] foreign tours and diverted the funds thus saved towards the Thar coal project … — (May 17)

Selected and translated by Zaheer Mahmood Siddiqui.

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Comments (16)

irfan wali khan
May 19, 2012 6:41 am
dr samar, keep it up and well done. u will do a great favour to the nation.the nation is behind u. regards wali.
omer khan
May 19, 2012 6:26 am
govt must provide sufficent fund to complete this feasable project.
muhammad hanif
May 19, 2012 7:10 am
who would like Pakistani people to be comfortable at home and compete in world markets. These are same people who made Kalabagh dam controversial to increase agony for the people of Pakistan.It for the RULERS to have MERCY on this nation and support this project of National importance.
Ajamal
May 19, 2012 7:11 am
Why is Government creating so much confusion about Thar Coal Project? Its feasibility or otherwise should be quickly established in a transparent manner.
Furqan khan
May 19, 2012 7:20 am
Dr. Samar is a national hero. He should be provided funds so that he could work for the benefit of the people.
PAKISTANI-3
May 19, 2012 7:55 am
WHY OUR POLITICIANS AND HIGH UPS ARE TRYING TO STOP THIS PROJECT FOR FEW DOLLARS? WHY DONT THEY CARE FOR PAKISTANI POOR BUBLIC? PLZ PROVIDE FUNDS TO THIS PROJECT. SINCE PAKISTAN INDEPENDENCE NO ONE TRIED FOR PUBLIC BENIFIT PROJECTS BUT LOOTED THE COUNTRY AND I WONDER WHY PAKISTANI LEADERS ARE VERY FOUND OF CURRUPTION AND LOOTING OF NATIONAL RESOURCES?
Mumtaz Haider
May 19, 2012 2:54 pm
We appreciate and support Coal project. Kindly raise your voice in its favour. Why political parties are not raising their voice. May be it is not in their interest?
raza
May 19, 2012 3:12 pm
He will never be provided with funds, as this will close the tunnel through which billions of dollars in the shape of kickbacks are coming in.
@fatimahanfi
May 19, 2012 6:11 pm
Instead of creating hurdles, govt should concentrate on providing funds. Many govt officers are not in the favour of this project
Muhammed Rafique
May 19, 2012 7:37 pm
Dear Dr. Samar Mubarak We really appreciated your hard efforts for the UCG at Thar Coal field. We have 8MW (2 x4 ) power plant duel fuel operated with NIIGATA engine in Japan and we can offer/supply you this plant on very attractive price and conditions. Project financing on reasonable interest mark-up can also be possible. If interested please contact us on following address so that we can meet and discuss the project details: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CORPORATION PARK AVENUE, 10TH FLOOR, SUITE # 1011 PECHS BLOCK-6, MAIN SHAHRAH-E-FAISAL KARACHI-75400 PAKISTAN. TEL: 92-21-34387462 FAX: 92-21-34387468 EMAIL : mohraf@cyber.net.pk Contact persons : Mr. Muhammed Rafique / Mr. Muhammed Asfhaq
Ahmed
May 19, 2012 7:42 pm
As long as the ruling parties are stake holders in IPPs, lets all dream on...
pk-up
May 19, 2012 8:26 pm
nation needs to come forward , not standing behind :-)
pk-up
May 19, 2012 8:45 pm
Bureaucracy (noker shahi) always created hurdles in the national progress, coz they think that only those are most genious who become CSS officers
tariq
May 24, 2012 5:27 pm
.in our contry we dont have pakistani leaders all r imported even in gov and in opposition then why they think about pak.
javeria iqbal
August 12, 2012 5:19 pm
sir m a student of chemical engneering (UET) lahore.sir oal technology is my final project an u plz help me for that?
farhen
August 17, 2012 10:22 pm
We have some much leverage available to deal with energy crisis , researcher are working hard to bring down cost , but that not gonna work in our country, we got some very serious and important issues going on. Where peoples doesn't matter only establishment comfort and means matter. we can't deal with that way. we have to raise our voices against such oppression but can't as we never bring this nation as united.
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