‘Metro train will change country’s transport culture’

Published: April 25, 2016


PHOTO: PTI CM Punjab interacting with the citizens during his surprise visit to OLMT construction site. PHOTO: INP

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday the Orange Line Metro Train project would provide modern yet affordable travelling facilities to common man.

“A revolution will be brought about in the transport sector once the project is completed,” the chief minister said during his surprise visit to the train route from Thokar Niaz Beg to Dera Gujran. He did not avail any protocol during his four- hour visit, according to a statement.

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Sharif said the project would help citizens, including students, labourers, working women, farmers, doctors and nurses, reach their destinations in time. He said citizens would travel on the train with honour and pride. He said he believed that the project would change the transport culture in the country.

He said he realised the problems being faced by people owing to the ongoing construction work. “But soon these temporary troubles will convert into a permanent relief,” the chief minister said.

He said he was monitoring the pace of progress round the clock. He praised the labourers working on the project for their hard work. The chief minister also presided over meetings at site offices near Thokar Niaz Beg and the University of Engineering and Technology. He was briefed about the progress of civil works on package I and package II of the project.

Sharif said he was happy to see that high standards were being maintained during the construction work. “This should be continued with the same determination and hard work,” he said.

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The chief minister expressed satisfaction with the ongoing construction activities on the site. He inquired the authorities concerned, including contractors, about progress on the scheme. He also spoke to the labourers and some citizens, including shopkeepers.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th,  2016.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Ali
    Apr 25, 2016 - 9:51AM

    Metro buses and this orange train mostly connect slums to one another. The priority should be to abolish these entrenched slums. Recommend

  • Humza
    Apr 25, 2016 - 10:34AM

    @Ali: What slum are you talking about? Are you another rich kid who is against public transport schemes since you want other rich people to buy cars and pollute the environment instead of taking public transport? The area around Thokhar Niaz Beg is hardly a slum but near to many comfortable middle class housing schemes. If middle class and working people use public transport, it improves life for common citizens and stands to help the economy.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Apr 25, 2016 - 10:43AM

    The picture of the metro train used in this article is Chennai metro.Recommend

  • MHK
    Apr 25, 2016 - 11:37AM

    Excellent initiative. This needs to be replicated in KarachiRecommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Apr 25, 2016 - 11:45AM


    You are not by any chance a Sociology Major specializing in Urban Planning and Development, in the event you are you are not doing any justice to your talent. Going by your logic, the poor neighborhoods of Harlem/Bronx should not be connected with Manhattan via mass transit.Recommend

  • Abdul Aleem
    Apr 25, 2016 - 12:10PM

    @Humza: I fully agree with your comments.Recommend

  • Moogli
    Apr 25, 2016 - 2:10PM

    The “commissions” granted to sharif family for this project have already been wired to Hussain and Hassan Nawaz.Recommend

  • Voiceless Pakistani
    Apr 25, 2016 - 4:46PM

    In sindhi wadera occupied colony of

    Karachi the ruling sindhi cirruption

    mafia did not even let restoration

    of Karachi Circular Railway.Recommend

  • Irfan_Sydney
    Apr 25, 2016 - 6:54PM

    You wrote : Excellent initiative. This needs to be replicated in Karachi

    You have a good sense of humour. I like it. Recommend

  • Hasan
    Apr 25, 2016 - 8:23PM

    Lahore’s transport culture you meanRecommend

  • pervaiz
    Apr 25, 2016 - 9:25PM

    I read all comments and can guess who one have personal conveyance and who has not. Please correct me if I am wrong with your motor car registration number please.Recommend

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