Kamran Khan explains the destruction of orange line train project
The orange line train project in Punjab is the most expensive public transport project in the history of Pakistan.
Having a cost of RS250 billion, the project now reached to its final stage and that’s why the Supreme Court has barred National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from interfering in Orange Line Train project.
Delay in payments:
The construction companies involved in the project told that 97% of civil work has been completed. But still, there is a delay in bill payments.
Supreme Court’s order:
The Supreme Court has ordered construction companies to complete Orange Line train project on time or else a fine will be imposed on time.
Warning to construction companies – CJP
The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has been directed to release the funds to the companies. Considering this, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar said:
“The bill payments play an important role, LDA should pay RS 1billion to construction companies” warning that “The construction work must be reliable otherwise companies would be fined as it’s the matter of public interest.”
He further said that NAB shouldn’t take any step without SC’s order otherwise action would be taken by the court. CJP also assured to monitor the project till its completion.
In May 2014, Shahbaz Sharif had signed a project with Chairman of the Chinese National Development Reforms Commission regarding construction of an Orange Line Train in Lahore.
The original deadline for the project was December 25th, 2017. It is said to be the common man’s ride that will move through places where people with low income and living standards are spending lives.
The project has become a huge hurdle for the current government. If they complete and run the project, it will need 14 billion rupees annually for the subsidy.
If they don’t run it, the hundreds of billions spent on this project will go in waste.
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