‘Metro train will be completed in 2 years’

Published: December 16, 2015


PHOTO: PTI Pakistan delegation Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang in Zhengzhou. PHOTO: APP

Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang said on Tuesday that the Lahore Orange Line Train project was a gift from the Chinese government and people to Pakistan.

He was talking to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at a ceremony in Zhengzhou on Tuesday.

“China will continue to extend its full cooperation to Pakistan in transport and other sectors,” Li Keqiang said.

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The CM briefed the Chinese prime minister on the details of the metro train project using maps and pictures. He said that work on the project was in progress and would be completed within two years. “Special attention is being paid to both the speed and standard of work. The people of Pakistan are grateful to the Chinese government and people for their historic cooperation. The Pakistani government is utilising every penny of Chinese investment as a sacred trust,” he said.

The chief minister said that the Lahore Orange Line Train would introduce a new culture of transportation in Pakistan.

Later, while talking to the media, the chief minister said that Pak-China relations had strengthened during the tenure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“Work is in progress on power generation projects in Pakistan with the cooperation of China to cope with the shortage of electricity. Projects for power generation under China Pakistan Economic Corridor are also being implemented speedily,” he said.

He said that full attention was being paid to overcome the energy shortage. “Thousands of megawatts of electricity will be added to the national grid with the completion of several power projects by the end of 2017. That will help lessen loadshedding,” he said.

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The chief minister said that Chinese role was of vital importance in the promotion of regional cooperation. “The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation can play a key role in promoting regional cooperation. It is the need of the hour that all member countries of the organisation make collective efforts for the development of the region and further promote regional cooperation,” he said.

Shahbaz Sharif said that China-Pakistan relations were improving with the passage of time. “Pakistan’s energy sector is developing with the cooperation of China,” he said.

He said that unprecedented efforts had been made by the present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for overcoming the energy crisis.

“The implementation of CPEC projects will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in Pakistan as well as the region. New avenues of cooperative relations have opened between China and Pakistan,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 16th, 2015.

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  • Gramscian
    Dec 16, 2015 - 1:36PM

    ‘Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang said on Tuesday that the Lahore Orange Line Train project was a gift from the Chinese government and people to Pakistan’.

    How can it be a gift when they have loaned the money and are charging an interest of 5,6 %? May be Chinese have a different conception of friendship. The joke is on Pakistanis. Recommend

  • ali
    Dec 16, 2015 - 2:19PM

    nice to see lahore developing. we have to make karachi a separate province if we want to see karachi progess. The provincial government of Sind does not want to do any development in karachi and karachi is in very bad shape right now.Recommend

  • Masood
    Dec 16, 2015 - 2:22PM

    This is not gift to Pakistan but gift to Lahore ….The true representative of all the city lives in Karachi… Recommend

  • Muhammad Khalid
    Dec 16, 2015 - 4:16PM

    Agreed Ali BrotherRecommend

  • Irfan
    Dec 16, 2015 - 4:19PM

    Right on time just before next election, so pmln can do some chest thumping, No gift from Chinese gov they are doing business and everyone should know thatRecommend

  • Hayat
    Dec 16, 2015 - 5:14PM

    financed, planning and execution all by Chinese….Punjab govt takes credit for wat..Recommend

  • Wahid
    Dec 16, 2015 - 6:42PM

    The credit goes to Punjab CM for getting the Chinese investment for his province. Recommend

    Dec 16, 2015 - 7:34PM

    Nice photo of the Chennai metro ehh!Recommend

  • Sami Khan
    Dec 16, 2015 - 8:20PM

    So what is the problem if pmln is trying to get projects done on the shortest possible time and before next elections. Stop being biased. We all work to get a good appraisal/ increment and they are working to convince people to vote for them, nothing wrong with that.Recommend

  • Varun
    Dec 16, 2015 - 8:26PM

    @JUST SAYING!: Hey, correct. I was wondering why this photo looks so familiar.Recommend

  • Varun
    Dec 16, 2015 - 8:27PM

    notice the photo is from PTI ( Press Trust of India)Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 16, 2015 - 9:31PM

    While the city of Karachi which deserved Mass transit well before any city does not even have a BRT line functional.The Sindh government is not interested in any development in the province as usual but if The Federal gov could get a Chinese loan for Punj gov,It could have also gotten one for Karachi but it chose not to.Heck even work on the federally funded Green line BRT has not started to this day.Multan will have a functional BRT system next year but Karachi wont.No words can describe the incompetence of the Sindh Government.At the end of the day the people of Pakistan’s financial capital sufferRecommend

  • Tamil Arasan
    Dec 16, 2015 - 9:38PM

    That’s my home town Chennai metro….!!Recommend

  • junnat
    Dec 16, 2015 - 9:41PM

    I dislike PML N the most, but I welcome this step. Pakistan should have an urban train system. Welcome to the 21st century PakistanRecommend

  • Master
    Dec 16, 2015 - 10:24PM

    some one please help remind chines PM that Punjab and paksitan are two different things . Sharif brothers have learned nothing from their bitter past , smaller provnces are getting peanuts from CPEC’s dividends , punjab is in the forefronts of getting all benefits be they are energy related or transportaion etc .. federation should be redefined Recommend

  • Grace
    Dec 16, 2015 - 10:49PM

    @junnat: Nawaz Sharif and Shabaz Sharif keep doing more to improve Pakistan than anyone else. That’s why people are so quick to make fun of them. When Musharraf made nothing in 10 years or Zardari sits around for 5 years, they say nothing. Only 2 years and Nawaz keeps going strong with projects!Recommend

  • Maxx
    Dec 16, 2015 - 11:40PM

    All the metro trains in India is ‘Made in China’ this is the reason it looks so familiar, apart from the Delhi metro whose bombardier metro train is imported from Germany. Also China provided the technical expertise and engineering work…so much so for made in India…Recommend

  • FG
    Dec 17, 2015 - 3:14AM

    @Maxx Except for Mumbai metro, none of our metro trains are made in China. They are either made in India or Korea. Anyway that is depending on the contract and how soon they require the coaches. For example, Delhi imported coached from Germany on a urgent basis for common wealth games and there after all were made in India. Recommend

  • DaraShikoh
    Dec 17, 2015 - 6:26AM

    @Maxx You might want to do some basic research before spouting off nonsense.

    The trains for chennai metro is from Alstom. As a matter of fact, NONE of the metro trains are sourced from China. All design and Infrastructure is done 100% by India. Its only the cabins and trains that are imported. Just because Pakistan is owned lock, stock and barrel by China, doesn’t mean every other country is the same.Recommend

  • Gwardhan
    Dec 17, 2015 - 7:43AM

    @ Dara Shikoh & FC
    Ok the Indian trains are not Chinese. SO WHAT?
    The fact that our corrupt government paid 2.5 times the market price because they were needed urgently!
    We knew we were hosting the games and needed the trains…Just saying.Recommend

  • Sane Khan
    Dec 17, 2015 - 7:48AM

    Guy in the train looks like an Indian.
    China provides us trains with Indian drivers, not Chinese!Recommend

  • Saad
    Dec 17, 2015 - 8:01AM

    Is there a half-decent economist left in Pakistan?
    How can you get anywhere near acceptable GDP growth rates if you cut down on developmental spending and increase non-developmental spending? Metro buses and metro rails are highly capital intensive and wouldn’t it be better spent on stuff that will help higher education and create more sustainable jobs?Recommend

  • Adeel Hassan
    Dec 17, 2015 - 9:27AM

    how can the Metro Orange line be gift from China?? The scenario would have been different had the chinese not claimed a penny for the construction operation and maintenance of the project.But the situation is different now !more than 20 Billion Rupees spent now just uptil today !!! so you can well imagine the handsome amount the chinese governbment is claiming fro this project. So the readers can themselves decide weather it is a gift or BUSINESS.Recommend

  • Rumormonger
    Dec 17, 2015 - 9:43AM

    Musharraf made nothing for 10 years……… ?? Yes, he did not, or he would have been a billionaire like Nawaz. Zardari also made a lot.Recommend

  • Imran
    Dec 17, 2015 - 9:43AM

    Its a loan and Punjab govt. will be repaying it plus the subsidy for 20 yearsRecommend

  • Narendra
    Dec 17, 2015 - 9:59AM

    @Maxx: An altra modern metro coach factory is in Vadodara, Gujrat, which supplies metro coaches to Delhi metro. Also it supplies to other metro companies in India.Recommend

  • muneeb
    Dec 17, 2015 - 10:04AM

    @ali , @Master they(Sindh) already have funding from Japanese Aid Agency JICA from last ten year. But they couldn’t even fulfill one simple condition of getting land clear for the Karachi Circular Railway project. Reason is simple most of the land is grabbed by their ministers.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Dec 17, 2015 - 10:49AM

    I remember when soon after May 2013 election this chotey Mian has arrived at Karachi, he was saying that we will now start Metro Bis service in Karachi as Lahore coz Karachi is the biggest city. Now third year on n neither he remembers nor his barey Mian remembers that Pakistan is beyond Lahore too. Just to grab seats for upcoming elections these racist politicians forget the greater cause. Sindh Government is nowhere, they don’t exist but at least these Mian brothers should remember that Karachi is not only the biggest city but also the economic lifeline of the country which seeks their attention. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Dec 17, 2015 - 12:11PM

    China supplied you with the same train? But check under the hood, ours is nuclear powered !Recommend

  • JSM
    Dec 17, 2015 - 3:51PM

    The coach shown in the picture is a Chennai Metro coach- made in India at Sripur. The two metro coach plants are exporting coaches world-wide.

    And no metro can be built from greenfield in 2 years. We have seen enough metro rail construction in India- at least 10 metros are under construction/ extension in India.Recommend

  • prabhjyot singh madan
    Dec 17, 2015 - 4:50PM

    Hey, that is our Madras metro……..btw, Chinese don’t give a dime without interest unless you become their colony. All my south Indian brothers and sisters, congratulations on having our metro put there. Rab rakhaRecommend

  • prabhjyot singh madan
    Dec 17, 2015 - 4:54PM

    Calcutta metro is made in Czech republic, ignorant person.Recommend

  • prabhjyot singh madan
    Dec 17, 2015 - 5:04PM

    Want me to send a pic of Calcutta metro construction factory ? Forget about Madras or Bombay or Delhi one thing the communists did for my city. Rab rakhaRecommend

  • sterry
    Dec 18, 2015 - 4:40AM

    @Irfan: Everywhere in the world, political parties win the election and during their term try to implement policy and projects so that people will vote them in again. What do you not understand about that? Obviously the Sharifs will try to end electricity shortage by the next election, get CPEC up, make mass public transport in cities and try to encourage investment before 2017. Guess what ! If they keep things improving like they are right now, will vote for them again since the country is improving. If not, I will not vote for them and you shouldn’t either. That’s democracy.Recommend

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