Lahore : A total of 19 out of the 27 train sets for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train have so far arrived Pakistan while the remaining eight will soon be shipped to Karachi from Shanghai port of China.
Advisor to the Chief Minister, Punjab and Chairman of the steering committee for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project (LOMTP) Khawaja Ahmad Hassan told reporters during a marathon inspection of the ongoing works at metro train project wherein he visited the depot at Dera Gujjran, four elevated metro stations at G.T. Road and lastly the stabling yard at Ali Town, Raiwind Road.
He informed that 11 train sets had reached Lahore by now, nine of which had been parked in depot and two in the stabling yard at Raiwind Road while eight more sets were being dispatched from Karachi to Lahore very soon.
He told that efforts had been geared up for finishing the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project at the earliest for providing a swift, safe and honourable mode of urban transport to the common people.
More than 86 percent work for construction of depot at Dera Gujjran, spreading over 626 kanals, had been completed, as package –III of the project, he added.
He informed that 19 out of the 22 buildings being built at the depot had been handed over to CR-NORINCO, the Chinese contractor of the project, for carrying out electrical and mechanical works at these buildings which included Alkaline Battery & Air Compressor Building, Signal Building, Comprehensive Maintenance Center and other buildings of multifarious relevant uses.
Khawaja Ahmad Hassan directed for starting construction of internal roads in the depot besides horticulture works and finalizing all other arrangements for making the depot operational at the earliest.
Later, he visited four elevated stations of Orange Line Metro Train at Dera Gujjran, Islam Park, Salamat Pura and Mehmood Booti. He informed that average of 95 percent work on each station had been completed and all possible measures were being taken for finishing these four stations during the current month.
He also visited Stabling Yard near Ali Town where 87 per cent had been completed till date.
Chief Engineer, LDA Asrar Saeed, General Manager NESPAK Salman Hafeez, Chief Engineer TEPA Saif Ur Rehman, representatives of the Chinese Contractor, CR- NOROINCO, representatives of Chinese Engineering Consultant and Local Contractors of the project accompanied him during the visit.