President Soomro visited Thar Coal Power and Mining Site during the New Year Celebrations hosted by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company
Power Gen Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) organized a civil society visit to expose the participants to Thar Coal mining site. The participants were briefed about the process of mining (open pit mining) and the corporate social response activities undertaken by SECMC including health, education and saline agriculture.
Full day was dedicated to field visit to green park on 31 Dec, 2018, which has been established nearby the mines. President ECOSF along with other visitors planted trees and subsequently a power point presentation and briefing was given by the CSR department and CEO of the company Engr. Shams Sheikh. The briefing session was followed by Q&A session. Afterwards a visit to mine opening session was undertaken wherein 195 meters soil over the coal reserve in being dugged out and removed for mining out the coal. Besides a coal power plant is being constructed about 3 KM away from the mining site. The power plant is expected to run for 60 years.
The company as part of its CSR is building schools, hospitals and is promoting agriculture as well as promoting the solar energy. The visitors were then taken to sites of two primary schools being established by the company in the villages of Kharo Jani and Ghulam Haider Dars. The Foundation stone of later school was laid by President ECOSF. In the evening, excellence awards 2017 were given to local experts in the fields or education, health and culture.
President ECOSF along with Member (O&P) of Higher Education Commission Dr. Ghulam Raza Bhatti visited the Arid Zone Agriculture Research Institute of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) in Umarkot on January 1st 2018. The Director of Institute, Dr. Atta Ullah Khan briefed them about the agriculture in Thar Desert with particular reference to water availability, use efficiency and fruit production.