LAHORE – Pointing out that his earlier statement about Thar Coal Project was misquoted, the Water and Power Minister Ahmad Mukhtar has said that the project is viable and the government is working on it for attaining cheap electricity generation. He said this while talking to journalists after inaugurating an International Exhibition of Energy, Oil and Power at Lahore Expo Centre here on Tuesday. On Sunday, the Minister reportedly said that power generation from Thar has not been found to be feasible. In an interview to foreign media, he was quoted as saying that Dr Samar Mubarakmand, the chief of the Thar Coal Project, was trying to generate electricity through Thar coal with highly advanced technology but his technology could not yield the desired results. Some experts of mining field are already questioning the viability of the method (Underground Coal Gasification) which Dr Samar adopted to generate cheap electricity. The Power Minister, however, clarified his statement stressing that the project was feasible and viable to generate electricity. The exhibition organised by Fakt Exhibitions Private Limited at Lahore Expo Centre displayed equipments and machineries related to oil, gas and energy sectors from China, Germany, USA, Italy, Pakistan and other countries. The minister said that energy sector should be given priority over fertilizer industry for producing cheaper electricity to reduce power shortage and get rid of load shedding in the country.