Thar Coal Block-II - Village Thahriyo Halepoto to be relocated - Sindh Courier-1

Thar Coal Block-II: Village Thahriyo Halepoto to be relocated

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Thar Coal Block-II - Village Thahriyo Halepoto to be relocated - Sindh Courier-1
A view of existing Thahriyo Halepoto Village

Planning and designing underway for New Thariyo Halepoto village situated at a distance of only 2 km of the existing village

Payment of annual compensation to the residents of New Senhri Dars completed

By GR Junejo

Islamkot: Under the Resettlement Action Plan of Thar Coal Block-II, the village Thahriyo Halepoto would be relocated to New Thariyo Halepoto which is situated at a distance of only two kilometers of the existing village.

Earlier, in the first phase, residents of village Senhri Dars were resettled at New Senhri Dars village.

“Planning and designing of the village New Thahryo Halepoto are underway,” Naseer Memon, General Manager, SECMC and Thar Foundation, disclosed while speaking at the second phase of payment of Annual Compensation to resettled households for the 2nd consecutive year, in a ceremony at the community center of New Senhri Dars Model Village on Wednesday.

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC), a joint venture of Sindh government and Engro Corporation, under the policy is paying lifetime compensation to the resettled communities. A cheque of Rs.100000/- was handed to each of 172 households. The payment was started on Tuesday.

As per the policy of the Sindh government, 172 households of Village Senhri Dars, who had been shifted to newly constructed New Senhri Dars, will be paid non-transferable lifetime-compensation of Rs.100,000/ annually.

As per the Resettlement Action Plan of Thar Coal Block II, 172 households were amicably shifted to the village New Senhri Dars (NSD) Model Village from village Senhri Dars situated in Thar Coal Block II.

Thar Coal Block-II - Village Thahriyo Halepoto to be relocated - New Senhri Dars model Village House
A view of New Senhri Dars Model Village

The new village was built at 4 km from the old Senhri Dars. Under a policy, each married couple has been allotted 1100-yards bungalow with all the basic amenities. In the same model village, a primary and high school with a capacity of 1000 students, two RO Plants supplying clean drinking water, a public park, a playground, streetlights, two community centers, a mosque, a temple, a dispensary, a mini-market consisting of 10 shops have also been built. Moreover, every housing unit in the village has been supplied with a HESCO electricity connection and installed a solar power system. The community has also been allotted 850 acres of pasture/grazing land, making it a precedent in the development history of Pakistan.

Addressing the ceremony, Naseer Memon said that Sindh government and SECMC respect the sacrifice made by the residents of Senhri Dars village in the national interest in Thar Coal Block II who left their ancestral home two years ago and consider them partners for development.

Thar Coal Block-II - Village Thahriyo Halepoto to be relocated - New Senhri Dars model Village House-2He said that the Thar Coal Block II project does not consider NSD residents as affectees but beneficiaries and they will continue to get benefits.

”A person who is relocated from his or her ancestral places has a deep connection and memories, but the people of this village have contributed to the development of Thar and ultimate to the country,” he said.

He was of the view that the company has not left the villagers alone, as the relationship with them has been strengthened further since they shifted to new village. “They will continue to be partners and will be taken care of in all spheres and will be given priority in livelihood opportunities,” he added.

Muhammad Hingorjo, Irfan Ali Junejo, Ashraf Noon of Thar Foundation, Villagers Abbas Dars, Taj Muhammad Dars, Manzoor Dars, Ghulam Haider Dars, and others also participated in the cheque distribution ceremony.

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