Following the continuous delay in Lahore’s Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Chinese contractors strongly criticized Punjab government because of the failure to receive a green signal from a court to start the construction. The news has spread negative sentiments among the citizens who are desperately waiting for the project to take its final shape.
It is reported that Chinese contractors expressed extreme displeasure during the project’s weekly progress meeting due to the continuous delay in the project as it lasted over a year. Chinese contractors has been asking concerned authorities to outline the time frame required to get OLMT project cleared from the court. It is worth mentioning that no construction activities could be started on the underground central station until the metro train project cleared from the court.
Moreover, the Chinese contractors stressed that the construction of underground central station is crucial for the completion of the project. Also, they mentioned that the OLMT project would be delayed further if more time was wasted in litigation. Many experts believe that continuous delay in the project resulted Chinese engineers to get frustrated due to legal hurdles surrounding OLMT.
Interestingly enough, OLMT Steering Committee Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassan explained to the Chinese engineers that the court had imposed a ban on the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and new Package-II contractor, called ZKB- Reliable Joint Venture, from using the private property of previous contractor. Adding to that, it is pertinent to note that reports indicate that the new contractors has already started constructing a pre-casting yard.
The chairman of OLMT Steering Committee ordered local authorities to construct parking place for cars along the OLMT route. In any case, it is yet to see when the provincial government will get a go-ahead from a court to start construction activity at number of place under litigation.