Karachi: According to media reports, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has asked the federal government to fund the construction of a 105-kilometer railway connection connecting Thar Coalfield in Islamkot and Chhor to deliver coal to the country’s core regions.

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A meeting with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (PM) on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Affairs Khalid Mansoor was conducted at CM House in this respect. Energy Secretary Tariq Shah, Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Shaikh, Investment Secretary Zahid Abbasi, and Special Assistant to the CM on Investment Qasim Naveed were also present at the meeting.

According to the information presented, CM Murad Ali Shah revealed that a private firm has already completed a feasibility study for the railway line. The project will cost USD 160 million, with rolling stock costing USD 127 million, according to the information provided.

In addition, the CM requested that the railway line project be carried out under the federal Public Sector Development Program. The Pakistan Railways authorities were said to have prepared PC-1 of the project for PKR 130 billion. The federal government’s approval is still waiting.

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CM Murad also informed the meeting attendees that the existing rail network from Chhor-Mirpurkhas-Hyderabad to Port Qasim will be restored for coal transportation. Thar Coalfield Block-VI was also considered at the meeting. M/S Oracle Powers was stated as being involved in an integrated project involving a coal mine, a coal-to-gas (CtG) facility, a coal-to-liquid (CtL) facility, and a power plant.

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