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Baba Mouj Derya tomb will be reconstructed

Lahore : Private land for relocating the mosque affected by the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project (LOMTP) at Lake Road  has been identified at a nearby place on Bahawalpur Road behind PSO filling station and the arrangement is being finalized in consultation with the relevant worshippers.

Advisor to the Chief Minister, Punjab and Chairman of the steering committee for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project (LOMTP) Khawaja Ahmad Hassan disclosed this while chairing the weekly progress review meeting, here, Wednesday.

He clarified that not even a single inch of Punjab University’s land was being handed over to anybody else. Instead, the university administration had been requested to allow construction of mosque for public facilitation while retaining ownership of the land with itself. The ex-vice chancellor resigned because of his own reasons, he added.

He informed that two more train sets have been dispatched from Karachi to Lahore which were likely to reach here within a week time. Another four train sets have been shipped to Karachi from China and will soon be sent to Lahore where five train sets have already been parked at Depot at Dera Gujjran.

He told that mosque of Baba Mouj Derya tomb will be reconstructed as per the map provided by its management committee on its recommended location. Samaa hall and langar khana at the tomb will also be constructed, he added. No piece of land of the tomb will be acquired for the project and after boring the tunnel for the train, the land will be restored and handed over to the tomb.

The meeting was informed that that 81 percent of the civil work besides 35  percent electrical and mechanical work on Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project has so far been completed. Progress on package-I from Dera Gujjaran, G.T.Road to Chouburji was 89 per cent, on package-II from Choburji to Ali Town was 70 per cent, on Depot near Dera Gujran was 84 per cent while on Stabling Yard near Ali Town it was 85 per cent.  Twelve teams of CR-NORINCO were carrying out work for laying of track for the train and so far 43 percent work in this regard has been accomplished.

Khawaja Ahmad Hassan directed for ensuring public facilitation at all costs during the execution of work on this project. He asked for prominent placement of big billboards for guidance and awareness of commuters about alternate routes during the closer of GPO chowk. He asked for removing debris from these roads, carrying out patchwork and ensuring disposal of waste water from these areas for the convenience of vehicles plying on these roads. He directed for reviewing proposals for temporarily reserving some roads for one way traffic and disallowing parking of vehicles along them for certain period.

MPA Ch Shabaz Ahmad, Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed Khan,  Chief Engineer TEPA Saif Ur Rehman,  senior officials of LESCO, WASA, 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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