LAHORE: Chinese staff will control and supervise the functioning of the system for five years after the Orange Line Metro Train will start operating for the convenience of more than 250,000 commuters daily in the provincial metropolis.
Adviser to the Chief Minister Punjab and Chairman of the steering committee for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project (LOMTP) Khawaja Ahmad Hassan disclosed this while chairing the weekly progress review meeting here Wednesday.The Chinese staff would also train the local staff for enabling them to operate the train system after five years, he added. He told that all the 27 train sets for Orange Line had been manufactured in China, which were being shipped to Pakistan keeping in view availability of space for parking the rolling stock.
Another three sets had been unloaded at the Karachi Port while four more sets were being currently shipped from Shanghaie Port of China, he added. Three train sets have already reached Lahore and parked at depot at Dera Gujjran.
Khawaja Ahmad Hassan directed for expediting finishing work at Islam Park and Salamat Pura metro stations, which were being set up as model stations for replication at other places as the chief minister will inspect these stations very soon.A high level delegation of Communist Party of China would visit Lahore on December 9 and also visit the site of orange line project, he added.
General Manager NESPAK Salman Hafeez informed the meeting that 78.2 per cent of the civil work besides 32 per cent electrical and mechanical work on Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project has so far been completed.Progress on package-I from Dera Gujjaran, GT Road to Chouburji was 87.4 per cent, on package-II from Choburji to Ali Town was 63 percent, on Depot near Dera Gujran was 82.4 per cent while on Stabling Yard near Ali Town it was 82 per cent.
He told that project had now entered into completion phase and all the 26 stations of the train were being completed as per international standards. More than 86 per cent civil and 67 per cent electrical and mechanical works have been completed at Islam Park station which was being prepared as model station for being used as a sample for completing the remaining stations. Khawaja Ahmad Hassan directed for implementing fire prevention inspection for site and dormitory for construction personnel.
MPA Ch Shabaz Ahmad, Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed Khan, Manager Operations Punjab Mass Transit Authority Sayed Ozair Shah, Chief Engineer TEPA Saif Ur Rehman, senior officials of LESCO, WASA, PTCL, SUI GAS, Traffic Police, Railways, Rescue 1122, Civil Defence, Chinese Contractor, CR- NOROINCO, representatives of Chinese Engineering Consultant and local contractors of the project attended the meeting.