LAHORE - All possible resources will be utilised for timely completion of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project and the deadline set for this purpose will not be extended despite various delaying factors.

Chairman of the Steering Committee for the project Khuwaja Ahmad Hassaan said this while chairing a meeting to review the ongoing progress on the project yesterday.

He said extra resources; including labour and machinery would be put in for expediting the construction work with a view to achieve the target within stipulated time. He informed that electrical and mechanical work for the project will commence very soon.

Project Director of Chinese contractor, CR-NORINCO, Chu has arrived Lahore for personally supervising this task. Government of the Punjab has handed over possession of more than 400 kanal land, owned by the Punjab Sports Board, to the Chinese contractor for a period of two years, free of charges.

Temporary factory for assembling track of the train will be set up at this place. Machinery for this purpose will start arriving from China through sea route in September, he added.

He disclosed that Chief Minister, Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif was very keen about horticulture work along the track of Orange Line Metro Train. Parks and Horticulture Authority should pay special attention to this issue and prepare a comprehensive design for this purpose.

The meeting was informed that more than 44 per cent construction work of the project has been completed which was very encouraging. The project has been divided into four packages. So far 56 per cent work on Package I from Dera Gujran to Chuburji, 44 per cent work on Package II from Chuburji to Ali Town, 39 percent work on Package III near Dera Gujran Depot and 44 per cent work on Package IV stabling yard near Ali Town on Raiwind Road has been completed.

The meeting was informed that re-construction work of affected parts of two school along the Govt. Kinnared Girls High school, Empress Road will start during the current week.

In view of the prevailing situation, Kh.Ahmad Hassan directed for taking adequate security measures at the premises of these schools while construction work was on. He directed the utility services providing agency for taking care of their infrastructure.

Member Provincial Assembly, Chaudhary Shahbaz Ahmad,Director General LDA, Nabeel Javed, Director General Environment Protection Agency, Punjab, Dr Javed Iqbal, Chief Traffic Officer, Tayab Hafeez Cheema,

Chief Engineer LDA, Asrar Saeed,Chief Engineer TEPA, Saif ur Rehman, Senior Officials of NESPAK, LESCO, PTCL, SUI GAS and Railway, Chinese Contractor, CR- NOROINCO, Representatives of Chinese Engineering Consultant and Local Contractors of the project attended the meeting.