Harnessing Wind Potential: A look into wind power project at Gharo-Jhimpir Wind Corridor

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  • File Mar 1, 2022

Our latest project brief is based on the socioeconomic and environmental benefits of wind power development in the Gharo-Jhimpir Wind Corridor. It discusses any areas of improvement needed in terms of community engagement and development by studying the wind power project in the wind corridor. Read the complete project brief on the link below.

Coal Power Projects: Poisoning Water in Thar

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  • File Feb 1, 2022 - Feb 28, 2022

This project brief, titled ‘Coal Power Projects: Poisoning Water in Thar’, focuses on the reckless ways the coal power companies have been discharging wastewater and toxic impacts of coal power projects on the precarious water resources of Thar region in Sindh province of Pakistan. It covers the drinking water crisis, biodiversity losses and livelihood disruptions caused by de-watering of coal mines and dumping of effluent water discharged in mining and power generation processes.

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Sahiwal Coal-fired Power Project

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  • File Sep 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2021

This project brief discusses the various adverse impacts of the Sahiwal coal-fired power project on the surrounding villages, located amid the agricultural plains of the Punjab Province. The power plant is mainly creating a challenge of water availability and water quality in the area, impacting the air quality, and limiting the access of villagers to markets, educational institutes and public health facilities.

Sahiwal Coal-fired Power Project is one of the projects initiated under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which has an installed capacity of the 1320 MW and located amid the heart of agricultural plains of Punjab, in the proximity of Sahiwal city. The project is operational since 2017 providing 6% of the electricity supply in the country. However, for the locals, the project has not been a good tide since its inception — and for the right reasons.

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Dodo Bheel’s Death: The Effect of Securitization and Labor Maltreatment in Thar Coal Projects

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  • File Aug 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2021

This project brief covers details of a recent incident from Thar where a mining company worker was beaten to death at Thar Coalfield Block II. Dodo Bheel, a resident of Thar, was accused of stealing scrap from the complex along with his co-workers, and upon denying the accusation he was illegally kept and tortured in a private cell for 10 days by the security guards, leading to his death on June 30th 2021.

The incident resulted in protests, and demanded justice from the government authorities.  Government in addition to initiating judicial inquiry, has announced compensation packages for the aggrieved families. However, the incident reveals day-to-day atrocities faced by local labor in Thar at the hands of coal companies. The difficulties involve not being able to take leave, receiving late payments for their hard work, their health and safety compromised, being bullied by security guards, getting only non-management tier jobs, and strict restrictions on their movement at and around the coalfield.

Furthermore, there is no mechanism in place to address workers’ grievances, and no check and balance for misuse of power. In the absence of any management reforms by the coal companies and impartiality towards Thari workers , incidents of the nature of Dodo Bheel’s death are bound to repeat. As China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a project of national strategic importance and development of Thar is vital for Pakistan’s economic boost, efforts should be in place to create an amiable relationship with people of Thar. Tharis have given up their ancestral lands and their traditional sources of livelihoods for Pakistan’s progress and for an opportunity of upward mobility, at least they should be insured progress for Tharis — an access to better health, educational and employment opportunities.

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Thar Coalfield Block-I (TCB-I)

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  • File Dec 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019

Most of the information provided in this project brief on Thar Coalfield Block-I (TCB-I) is based on the interviews, meetings held with the representatives of the communities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and local media persons during my field visit to Thar in October 2019. Apart from these primary sources, some secondary sources like news clippings, web-links and the reports available online have also been used in its development.