SSRL funds relocation of local families in Thar Block-1

Observer Report

Sino Sindh Resources Private Limited, a subsidiary of Shanghai Electric, has fully funded the relocation of hundreds of local families from Thar Block-1.

An SSRL spokesman said on Thursday that a total of 450 families from two local villages in Thar Block-1 will be compensated by the company to relocate outside the mining area in Thar Block-1.

SSRL is working on a Coal-electricity integration project in Block 1 of Thar Coalfield, which is a “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” priority implementation project.

It includes construction and operation of open-pit coal mine with an annual output of 7.8 million tons and 2X660MW supercritical lignite power station. SSRL is the sole operator of the 7.8 Mtpa Open-pit Coal Mine project.

The local population from two villages in Thar Block-1, Wervai and Tilwayo, had to be relocated as the villages were located in the mining area.

After consultations with the people of the two villages it was agreed that they will be paid cash compensation to relocate.

A total number of 266 families from Wervai and 184 families from Tilwayo will get compensation. Cash compensation for each family is Rs4.25 million.

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