LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has hoped the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train project will be a milestone in public transport sector.

In a meeting with a delegation of China Railways and Norinco International China who called on him on Sunday, the chief minister said the agreement between Pakistan and China over this project seems to augur well and will be a masterpiece of Pak-China friendship.

“Lahore Orange Line Metro Train project will result in speedy, comfortable and economical transport facilities to the citizens and will revolutionise transport system,” the CM assured. He added the 27-kilometer long project will be completed speedily and transparently while a high standard of construction will also be maintained.

Shahbaz further informed the delegation that 26 stations will be constructed on the route of metro train and more than two hundred thousand people will travel by this train daily.

Besides Chinese cooperation, Shahbaz lauded the efforts of Rana Sanaullah, Kh Ahmed Hassan, Sibtain Fazal Haleem, Punjab chief secretary and other authorities in this regard.

“New avenues of cooperation between Pakistan and China have opened and the economic ties between the two countries have entered into a new era,” Shahbaz maintained.

The delegation also thanked the chief minister for his hospitality.

Chinese Consul General in Lahore, Yu Boren, senior officials of China Railways and Norinco International were also present on the occasion. Provincial Ministers Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, MPA Rana Sanaullah, Lahore Transport Company Chairman Kh Ahmed Hassaan, Adviser Dr Ijaz Nabi, Chief Secretary, Managing Director Punjab Metro Bus Authority, Chairman Planning & Development, concerned secretaries and senior officials were also attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, CM Shahbaz Sharif expressed sorrow over the death of wife of former caretaker prime minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso. He also expressed his grief the sad demise of renowned Naatkhawan Hafiz Muhammad Husain. In his separate condolence messages, the chief minister prayed for the departed souls and the bereaved families.