More OLMT trains brought to Lahore from China

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More OLMT trains brought to Lahore from China

LAHORE: Two more train sets for the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) comprising 10 cars reached here on Wednesday and two others were on their way to Karachi through ship.

Four more sets have been transported to Shanghais Port of China for onward dispatch to Pakistan. A total of 27 train sets are being imported for the OLMT.

Advisor to the Chief Minister Punjab and Chairman of the steering committee for OLMT project Khawaja Ahmad Hassan revealed this while chairing a weekly progress review meeting, here.

The meeting was told that civil works on all the available area along package-I, from Dera Gujjran to Chauburji, had been completed. However, it is yet to be resumed on spots where it has been stopped on the restraining orders by the court.

About one fourth of the work for laying track along package-I as well as the depot has also been completed while more than 80 per cent of the work has been completed on 12 out of the 13 stations along this package.

The meeting was Informed that more than 77 per cent of the civil work besides 29 per cent electrical and mechanical work on the LOLMT project has so far been completed, including construction of a bridge on Lahore Ring Road where laying of track for the train was in progress these days.

General Manager NESPAK Salman Hafeez informed the meetingthat progress on package-I from Dera Gujjaran, GT Road toChouburji was 87.2 per cent, on package-II from Choburji toAli Town was 60.3 per cent, on Depot near Dera Gujran was 82.1per cent while on Stabling Yard near Ali Town it was 80 percent.

The construction of a 185 meters long bridge on railwaytracks near Parachute Colony was now in final stages, whichwas expected to finish by the end of this month. Dieselturning locomotive have also been imported from China forusing in case of emergency and pulling trains to the depot incase of any breakdown.

These locomotives have been parked inDepot at Dera Gujjran, the meeting was told.

The meeting was further informed that pace of work onpackage-II has improved. So far 588 out of the 806 U-Tubgirders required for construction of viaduct had been castwhile 453 of these structures have been launched.

More than 92 per cent of the work for launching transomsfor supporting U-Tub girders has also been completed.Restoration of roads was also being carried out in thispackage and so far 60 per cent roads have been rehabilitated.

Khawaja Ahmad Hassan informed the meeting that thevisiting four member delegation from Asian InfrastructureInvestment Bank has highly appreciated the quality of workbeing executed on this project. The delegation has termed theproject as a showcase of Pak-China friendship.

MPA Ch Shabaz Ahmad, Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed Khan, Manager Operations Punjab Mass Transit Authority Sayed OzairShah, General Manager NESPAK Haseeb Khawaja, Chief EngineerTEPA Saifur Rehman,  senior officials of LESCO, WASA, PTCL,SUI GAS, Traffic Police, Railways, Rescue 1122, Civil Defence,Chinese Contractor, CR- NOROINCO, representatives of ChineseEngineering Consultant and Local Contractors of the projectattended the meeting.