Shehbaz blames 22-month delay in Orange Line project on PTI


LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif remarked that political opponent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) caused a 22-month delay in the Orange Line Metro Train project.

Sharif was speaking to the media during a visit to the construction site of Orange Line Metro Train project early Sunday morning.

He also remarked that the work on the project should be expedited and work must be done around the clock, to ensure that the project is completed in time and so that the residents do not have to face any more problems.

Punjab CM arrived at the construction site in a coaster sans any protocol and visited different sites of the project during his 2-hour long visit.

He also reviewed the civil, mechanical and electrical aspects of the project, along with visiting the underground parts of the project.

On October 8, last year, Shehbaz Sharif had unveiled the mega-transport scheme, Orange Line Metro Project, in Punjab’s capital.

While addressing the event, he remarked that people levelling false allegations were wasting the time of nation.

“When metro bus project was under construction, our opponents called it ‘jangla bus’ and claimed that money has been embezzled. Interestingly, our opponents then announced metro bus project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, there is no sign of metro bus in Peshawar as yet,” he claimed.

“It was alleged that corruption worth Rs 70 billion was done in the metro bus project. However, our opponents could not even prove Rs 35 billion corruption,” remarked Shehbaz.

“If the corruption is proven then the nation can hold me accountable.”