LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) is a project of the whole nation which will be completed with national zeal and the delay will be compensated with hard work.
The chief minister said this while addressing a meeting from Punjab House, Islamabad on Tuesday through the video link to review progress on civil, electrical and mechanical works and the future course of action.
He said that it was the time to think about the future and the project should be implemented in a speedy manner because it had already been much delayed. He added that the political elements, due to which delay occurred, have no concern with the welfare of the layman.
“We have started this project for the masses and after getting permission from the Supreme Court, the project has to be completed as early as possible with renewed commitment, passion and hard work,” Shehbaz said and added that more hard work is required to meet bigger challenges.
Addressing the meeting, the CM said that Orange Line Metro Train Project is a ‘milestone’ in the transport sector and the ordinary people will enjoy honourable, secure and durable travelling facilities after its completion. He also directed that work should be done round the clock and effective safety measures should be ensured for the workers and technicians working on this project.
He further stated that workers should wear helmets at work, and safety measures should also be monitored regularly. The chief minister made it clear that he will not tolerate any leniency in safety standards and the directions issued by the court will be implemented.
“Every moment is precious and you all have to work as a team. Therefore, double your efforts and all the energies should be utilized for the completion of the project,” said Shehbaz Sharif adding that he will personally monitor progress made on this project.
Punjab Mass Transit Authority MD, LDA DG, Punjab Thermal Power Limited CEO, NESPAK officials, contractors and China Railway and NORINCO officials attended the meeting from Lahore through the video link.
Separately, a high-level meeting was held under the chairmanship of Shehbaz Sharif. During the meeting, arrangements of different programmes and ceremonies planned in connection with upcoming Quaid-e-Azam Day were reviewed.
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that ceremonies will be held in a befitting manner in the provincial capital and other areas of the province. The ceremonies planned in connection with Quaid day will continue for seven days in the province and special functions will be held in educational institutions.
The CM also directed that the arrangements, ceremonies and other programmes should be well according to the stature of the founder of the nation. Today we are enjoying liberty in the independent state of Pakistan because of the great struggle of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The great personalities like him are born after centuries and he materialised the dream of Iqbal with his act, he said and added that Quaid-e-Azam wanted equal opportunities for all the people and Pakistan was envisioned by him as a state based on the principles of prosperity, peace, enlightenment and equality.
Walled City of Lahore Authority DG and Schools Education Secretary gave a briefing about the holding of different ceremonies, programmes and other arrangements with regard to the day. Punjab Ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmed, Jahangir Khanzada, Punjab government Spokesman Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, chief secretary, ACS (Home), IGP, secretaries concerned, Lahore Division Commissioner and others attended the meeting.