By next week all 27 trains for Orange Line Metro Project will reach Pakistan, Lahore. Till now wagons of 17 trains have reached Pakistan.
The news was confirmed by the Punjab Chief Minister’s Adviser and OLMT Steering Committee Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan. He announced this news while addressing the project’s weekly progress review meeting.
He informed that 84% of the civil work of Orange Line Metro Project has been completed, thus the project is now in its final stages. He said that all relevant departments, contractors both Chinese and locals are working tirelessly to work on it.
Salman Hafeez who is the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) General Manager, told that 40% electrical and mechanical work is done and 84% civil work is completed.
He informed that progress on
- Package-I Dera Gujjaran, Grand Trunk Road to Chauburji = 89.5%
- Package-II Chauburji to Ali Town) = 75%
- Stabling Yard near Ali Town = 85%
- Depot near Dera Gujran = 86%
He said that after Supreme Court restraining order, now the workaround Shalimar Garden, Ghulabi Bagh and Budhu’s Tomb on Grand Trunk Road along with Lakshmi Building on Mecleod Road is in full motion. Piling work is done. Out of total 41 pears, 19 are constructed. In these areas, 38 transoms and 90 u-tub girders will be introduced. On package-I, there are 13 metro stations and in 12 stations 85% work is done. On package-II out of 806 u-tubs, 802 were precast.
Hassaan informed that they are following Supreme Court orders and making sure that historical places are safeguarded and preserved. He said that the public will be facilitated at all times especially during the execution phase of this mega project.
Orange Line Metro Train Project is a mega project to facilitate commuters in Lahore and make travel from one place to another simpler. Let’s hope that Punjab government will be able to achieve the target without increasing the traffic problems in the city.