AFGHANISTAN

Coal mining sector in Ghor gets green light

Ghor officials confirmed Wednesday that the process of extracting coal in the province has started.
Officials at the Ghor Mines and Petroleum Authority said a tender has been issued to a local company and that the company expects to mine up to 50 tonnes of coal a day.
Officials said the company is contracted to pay the government 2,400 AFN for every tonne of coal extracted.
In addition, dozens of jobs have been created.
“Coal mining in Alayar district of Ghor province has started successfully, which is a step towards self-sufficiency, progress and development,” said Wahid Shaheryar, head of Ghor Coal Mining Company.
“The request of all departments and the people of Ghor is that work on the mines of Ghor province should start and (coal) extracted so that jobs can be created for our people,” said Abdul Hakim Hekmat, head of Ghor Mines and Petroleum department.
Despite having rich mineral deposits, Ghor has been one of the poorest provinces in the country for the last two decades, as no regulated mining was in place.
“We have about 80 different types of mines in Ghor province, most of which are located in Tulak, Shahrak, Alayar and Dawlat Yar districts,” said Mawolavi Rahmatullah Amani, representative of Ghor governor’s office.
“We do our best to ensure the safety of roads, companies and mines in Ghor province,” said Ahmadullah Labeb, Ghor’s provincial police chief.
While hundreds of jobs are expected to be created in the province at mines, hundreds more will emerge as indirect employment opportunities, officials said.
Residents have also said that with the establishment of operational mines, other sectors will also grow and infrastructural development will follow.
“We are very happy that the work on this mine has started and we have started working, but our problems need to be taken into account,” said AbdulKhaliq, a resident.
According to local officials, in addition to the coal mine, the central province also has rich deposits of lead, gold, marble, and mercury.The post Coal mining sector in Ghor gets green light first appeared on Ariana News.

Source: Ariana News

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