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.
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.
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.