THARPARKAR: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said on Wednesday that the Thar coal mining and power projects would prove to be a milestone in the development of Pakistan.
He said this while talking to media at Thar Coal Mine Project site. CJP Nisar, along with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, visited Thar on Wednesday morning and flew back in the evening. He was accompanied by Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh, Supreme Court (SC) Registrar Arbab Shehzad. Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah and Sindh Advocate General Salman Talibuddin were also with them.
The chief justice said that the Thar coal mining and power projects would prove to be a milestone in the energy development of Pakistan and Sindh would also be prosperous. He told the media that he visited two hospitals, Mithi and Diplo, and felt that there was a need for some more concentration in health and education sectors in Thar. “Oh yes, the Sindh government has done a commendable job in providing free of cost food and fodder to the drought-stricken people of Thar,” he said.
He said that he noted that Diplo taluka hospital had two X-ray machines but the largest one was out of order for the last eight years while the smaller one was functional but “I did not see the radiologist there. He also said that there was an operation theatre but again the surgeon was unavailable. “These were few issues which Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah who is with me [in the visit] also has taken notice of and I am sure he would address them accordingly,” he said.
Talking about infant mortality, the chief justice said that there might be certain reasons [for infant mortality] but the provincial government was making efforts to control the situation. He added that after the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the subject of health has been devolved to the provinces and now it becomes their [provinces] responsibility to provide the best health services to their people.
He also talked about a school building he visited near Diplo and said that the building was in dilapidated condition. “The chief minister was with me and he also noted the condition of the school and I am sure he [the chief minister] will resolve the issue of the school in question and of other schools in Thar,” he said.
He told the media that he had received a detailed briefing on Coal Mining and Coal-fired Power Project at Islamkot. The coal-power generation which was almost at the final stage would resolve the energy crisis in the country, he added.
CJP Nisar also visited Misri Shah RO Plant. Upon his visit, the chief justice was given a detailed briefing on the plant. The RO plant has 16 tube wells. Two of its tube wells are operated on a diesel generator, therefore, Rs3,200,115 have already been paid to HESCO for an electric connection. The chief minister drank a glass of water produced by the RO Plant and expressed his satisfaction.
The chief justice was told that six RO plants had been installed and were supplying water to six different villages of Islamkot. Further, eight RO plants would be made functional in the first quarter of 2019.
He was also told about bio-saline experiments in Thar under which Bajra, Jantra and many other cash crops and vegetables have been cultivated. At this, the chief justice directed the Thar Foundation to expand the bio-saline agriculture on large scale.
Finally, the chief justice visited a village of 60 houses where a group of displaced families would be resettled. He planted a tree there. These houses would be handed over to the affected families of Thar Block-II mining this month.
In the evening, the chief justice, along with the Sindh chief minister, happily flew back to Karachi.
On December 7, the chief justice, while hearing a suo motu case notice over child deaths due to malnutrition in Thar, ordered the provincial government to make necessary arrangements. The chief justice had also remarked that the “newly born children are dying in Thar and there are also issues pertaining to the supply and distribution of water over there. I do not want to tour only the good areas but also ones where poverty and issues are prevalent”.