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67 percent of the civil work completed on Orange Train Project

Lahore :  More than 67 percent of the civil work on Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project has so far been executed including completion of a bridge on Lahore Ring Road near Quaid-e-Azam Interchange for elevated viaduct for the train, which had been constructed up to a length of eight kilometers along package-I of the project.

Chairman of steering committee for the project Khawaja Ahmad Hassan informed this during the weekly progress review meeting, here, Wednesday.

The meeting was told progress on package-I from Dera Gujjaran, G.T.Road to Chouburji was 82 per cent, on package-II from Choburji to Ali Town was 50 per cent, on Depot near Dera Gujran was 73 per cent while on Stabling Yard near Ali Town it was 63.5 per cent.

The meeting was informed that all the 341 transom and 670 U-tub girders required for construction of elevated viaduct along package-I have been precast while 292 out of these transoms and 518 U-tub girders have been launched for constructing  eight kilometers long elevated track.

For Package II, form works to precast transoms and U-tubs girders, required for construction of elevated train, have been imported and precast activity for transoms have been started. Deadline cor completing construction work of four stations of this package, Chauburji, Gulshan Ravi, Samanabad and Bund Road has been set for 15 June while the remaining nine stations will be completed till 15 July. Khawaja Ahmad Haassan directed for gearing up construction activity on package-II and employment of more labour for this purpose.

He underlined the need for adopting safety measures during execution of work on the project and said that areas where work was in progress should be barricaded to avoid collision of vehicles. Banks men should be deployed to facilitate the reversing of vehicles and reflecting signage should be pasted on the site. Sufficient lighting arrangements should also be in place during night. Fire extinguishers and other fire-fighting equipment should be in place. Staff must be trained to operate the fire-fighting equipment. Flammable material should handled carefully and stored in designated places separately from ignition sources. Clear access and egress must be ensured to and from the site. Safe speed limits must be defined and implemented.

He also called upon all the relevant departments as well as the contractors for getting their staff trained by Resue 1122 for adopting safety measure in case of any untoward incident.

Mayor Lahore Mubashir Javed, Deputy Mayor Ijaz Hafeez, Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed,  General Manager Punjab Mass Transit Authority Syed Ozair Shah, General Manager NESPAK Salman Hafeez, Chief Engineer TEPA Saif-ur-Rehman, senior officials of LESCO, PTCL, SUI GAS, Traffic Police, Railways, Rescue 1122, Civil Defence, Chinese Contractor, CR- NOROINCO, Representatives of Chinese Engineering Consultant and Local Contractors of the project attended the meeting.

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