Can Thar coal address Pakistan's power crisis?

Authorities at Pakistan's largest open-pit coal mine claim Thar Desert coal reserves could be the answer to Pakistan's energy crisis for a 100 years to come.

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    Power stations running on coal are shutting down in many countries but Pakistan is bucking the trend.

    Its first power plant burning coal from an open-cast mine is now operational. The electricity generated is lighting up villages, creating jobs and cutting the cost of fuel imports.

    But the project is causing environmental concerns too.

    Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid reports from Sindh province.


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