Private firm restrained from mining at Lakhra coalfield

The private coal mining company that was awarded a permit for exploration of coal on 1,818 acres of the Lakhra coalfield in Jamshoro assured the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday that the firm would not start extraction until further court orders.The assurance came on a petition of one Sagar Ujjan, who had challenged the mines & mineral department’s notification of awarding a permit to the private company for exploration at the Lakhra coalfield.The petitioner’s counsel Zamir Ghumro claimed that the permit was awarded to the private company without inviting any bid and that it was issued on the orders of the caretaker chief minister.He said the interim CM had no authority to grant a lease under Section 230 of the Election Act 2017. Besides, the lease of a huge mining area has been issued without bidding, which is required by the law, he added.Ghumro said the caretaker chief executive had violated the law by granting a lease without bidding and without the approval of the…

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