The first electricity run mass transit project of Pakistan Orange Line Metro Train has been inaugurated.
According to the report, the project was jointly inaugurated by the Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, Chinese Consul General Long Dingbin and Transport Minister Jahanzeb Khan Khichi by pressing a button, allowing Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMTA) to start commercial operation of the train service from Monday.
A similar ceremony was simultaneously held in Beijing where top authorities of the National Development Reforms Commission, CR-Norinco, and Chinese officials concerned inaugurated the project by pressing a button. It was also shown to the audience in Lahore through a video link.
Mr Buzdar said while speaking on the occasion stated, “Under the CPEC, Orange Line Metro Train has been inaugurated today for providing international standard transport facilities to the citizens. We think that the project will not only help strengthen urban development but also become a factor in the GDP growth,”
“The PTI government has set a new political tradition by successfully completing the projects of the previous governments and did not let any project falling victim to politically differences.
As the project is the first of its kind in Pakistan, the people from various walks of life were anxiously waiting for its opening.
Answar a nearby resident said, “It is good to hear that the project has been completed and it is being opened for the people from Monday. I will definitely avail this modern facility since I used to go Chuburji from Thokar almost on a daily basis by motorcycle amid traffic chaos.”
Adding, “I think many people will travel by train since its route connects a number of residential and business areas.”