74.5 percent civil work of LOLMT completed

LAHORE: The first shipment of rolling stock for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train which had arrived in Pakistan from China last week, has been dispatched to Lahore from Karachi and was expected to reach here in the next week.

Presiding the weekly progress review meeting, here on Wednesday Advisor to the Chief Minister, Punjab and Chairman of the steering committee for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project (LOLMT) Khawaja Ahmad Haassan has announced to arrange a special ceremony on October 7 at Dera Gujjran depot for celebrating the arrival of first set of train.

He informed that the Chinese contractor CR-NORINCO had released the schedule for the arrival of locomotives for the train in Lahore. As many as 23 train sets would arrive Lahore by the end of this year and coaches for all the 27 trains would be available in Lahore by the mid of March 2018.

The meeting was informed that Chinese contractor CR-NORINCO has started executing electrical and mechanical at 24 out of the 26 stations of metro train.

Laying of track for the train was also in progress and so far four kilometer long track had been laid from Dera Gujjran to Paksitan Mint.

Electrical escalators have been installed at five stations at Islam Park, Salamat Pura, Mehmood Booti and Pakistan Mint for providing access to the passengers from road to the elevated platform of the train. The work for this purpose at other locations was in full swing.

The meeting was further told that construction of four sheds was currently underway at depot at Dera Gujjra while 15 tracks have already been constructed for parking trains.

Installation of equipment and signaling system was being done by CR-NORINCO for finalizing all arrangements before the arrival of first consignment of rolling stock.

The meeting was informed that 74.5 per cent of the civil work on Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project has so far been completed. Progress on package-I from Dera Gujjaran, G.T.Road to Chouburji was 86.2 per cent, on package-II from Choburji to Ali Town was 53.5 per cent, on Depot near Dera Gujran was 79.3 per cent while on Stabling Yard near Ali Town it was 75.3 per cent.

Khawaja Ahmad Haassan directed for taking the project as a challenge by executing work on fast track and setting short timelines for accomplishing various tasks.

He directed the civil and E&M contractors for increasing labour force for this purpose for completing the project as per the deadline.

Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed, Chief Engineer TEPA Saif Ur Rahman,General Manager NESPAK Salman Hafeez, 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.