SC gives one month to complete orange train project


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday expressed annoyance over the delay in Orange Line Metro Train project and directed the construction companies to complete the work by May 20.

A division bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, heard the case.

During the course of proceedings, Justice Gulzar Ahmed directed all three construction companies to submit Rs 10 million guarantee each and remarked that the guarantee amount would be forfeited if the project is not finished by May 20.

He hoped this project would be successful and would not come crashing down.

Justice Gulzar expressed concern over current project director Fazal Haleem and observed due to him the work has been delayed.

He directed that Justice (r) Jamshed or Justice Abdul Sattar Asghar be made the head of the technical committee.

He remarked that the Punjab government should consider if the current technical committee head Justice (r) Zahid Hussain wanted to continue work.

He remarked that if the contractors do not work, fire them or put them in prison. The project director is apparently being blackmailed by the construction companies, he added.

Justice Gulzar asked if there is any mechanism to check the quality of construction of the project.

The Project Director said that their consultants were supervising the construction work of the Orange Line Metro Train project.The hearing was then adjourned for two weeks.