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CM Shahbaz brings $1.6bn Metro Train Project for Lahore from China

23 May, 2014

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LAHORE: The agreement for the construction and operation of first-ever Metro Train Project in Lahore was signed in Shanghai on Thursday.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chinese National Development and Reform Commission Chairman Xu-Shaoshi signed the agreement on behalf of their respective governments at a ceremony also attended by Chinese President Xi Jiping and President Mamnoon Hussain, says a handout.

Calling the agreement "historic," Chief Minister Shahbaz said that the $1.6 billion Orange Line Metro Train Project would prove to be a landmark in the history as it would provide modern and better travelling facilities to the general public, besides brining about a revolution in the transport system.

He said that the Chinese government would provide investment while Chinese companies would design, construct and monitor the Orange Line Metro Train Project whereas the Punjab government would provide all necessary facilities in this regard. He said that the Orange Line Metro Train Project was a part of the PML-N government's agenda to serve the masses and that it would be expeditiously completed within the stipulated period while high standard of construction, speed and transparency would be maintained.

He said that as Metro Bus Project was being expanded to other cities after Lahore, the Orange Line Metro Train Project would also be expanded to other cities. He thanked China for its assistance in development projects and said that this assistance would not have been possible without personal interest of the Chinese leadership. He said that project would facilitate about 250,000 passengers every day.

The number of passengers would go up to 500,000 per day in 2025, he added. The track will start from Thokar Niaz Baig and after passing through Multan Road, Chauburji, The Mall, Laxmi Chowk, Railway Station, Garhi Shaho Bridge, GT Road and Pakistan Mint, will culminate at Dera Gujran.

The total length of the track will be 27.1 kilometres out of which 25.4 km portion will be elevated. The project will start during this year and will take 27 months to complete.

Earlier, addressing a meeting, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that eradication of poverty was highly essential to eliminate extremism and that Pakistan can defeat terrorism and extremism only by promoting education and achieving progress and prosperity with the cooperation of China. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has returned after his visit to China.

Talking to reporters at Lahore Airport, the chief minister said that his visit had been highly successful and that the finalisation of the Orange Line Metro Train Project agreement was the greatest success achieved during his visit.

CM takes notice of corporal punishment in school: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of torture on a student by a teacher in a government school in Sialkot District and has sought a report from the administration and police.

According to a handout, the chief minister directed that best treatment facilities be provided to the injured student while action be taken against the teacher under the law.

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