Steering committee on OLMT’s Chairman Kh. Ahmad Hassan said one third of civil work on the Orange Line Metro Train project (OLMT) has been completed so far and it would likely be concluded by end of the current year.
He expressed these views while chairing a meeting on Wednesday to review the ongoing progress on the project.
He added that construction of bridges on Railway line from Ring Road to Dera Gujjran has been started, and added that civil work for supply of electricity, water and gas connections on the under construction metro stations also was in progress according to the standard operating procedures.
Khawaja Hassan told that land has been acquired for the establishment of electric sub-station near Shah Noor Studio Multan Road and that negotiation entered in final phase with railways to get land near UET, GT Road for another electric station.
He said that civil work on Package -I from Dera Gujjran to Chuburji has been completed upto 39.3 per cent, Package -II from Chuburji to Ali Town 33.4 per cent, Package -III construction of Yard 28 per cent while on Package -IV of construction of depot has been completed upto 29.7 per cent.
He informed that on its inauguration, the train will provide a safe, efficient and economic mode of transport initially to 300,000 passengers daily through the densely populated and busy commercial areas of the provincial metropolis and the ridership will increase to 500,000 daily within the next three years.
The meeting was told that civil work was being executed as per the fixed timelines while engineering experts from China engineering consultants as well as CR-NORINC, the contractor were monitoring the quality and quantity of ongoing work in order to ensure its completion as per international standards.
Kh. Ahmad Hassan, directed the representatives of various utility services departments for chalking out and implementing a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for completely shifting of remaining services, especially sensitive institutions like hospitals and schools.
He urged them for utilising alternate sources for ensuring un-interrupted supply of electricity, water, sui gas and other such services, for avoiding inconvenience to the patients, students and general public at these places.
The meeting was attended by Ch. Shahbaz MPA, Commissioner Lahore Abdullah Sunbal, DCO Capt (r) Muhammad Usman, CTO Tayyab Hafiz Cheema, Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed, MD WASA Ch Naseer Ahmad and high-ranking officials of NESPAK, LESCO, Sui Northern Gas Company, PTCL and other departments concerned.