First shipment of rolling stock for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train (LOLMT) will arrive in Karachi Friday from China and reach Lahore during the first week of October.
Advisor to the Chief Minister, Punjab and Chairman of the steering committee for Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project (LOMTP) Khawaja Ahmad Haassan disclosed this during the weekly progress review meeting here on Wednesday.
He said that a team of Chinese Operations and Maintenance Engineers had already arrived in Lahore for operating the train.
A total of 27 trains, each comprising five cars, would be operated under the LOMTP. By the end of this year, as many as 23 sets of trains were scheduled to reach Lahore from China, he added.
Khawaja Ahmad Haassan said that a befitting ceremony would be held in Lahore for receiving the first batch of locomotive for Orange Line Metro Train.
He ordered for quickly finalizing all arrangements for parking these bogies at Dera Gujjaran depot and stabling yard at Ali Town, Raiwind Road.
The meeting was told that gray structures of 24, out of the 26 stations of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project have been completed and execution of electrical and mechanical works at all these places was in full swing by Chinese contractor CR-NORINCO.
Khawaja Ahmad Haassan instructed for immediately removing the debris and other hurdles from around the structure of stations for facilitating flow of traffic in these areas.
He further directed traffic police and local police for escorting electrical and mechanical equipments from warehouse to the sites of installation and providing security for these installations.
The meeting was informed that 74.2 per cent of the civil work on Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project has so far been completed.
Progress on package-I from Dera Gujjaran, G.T.Road to Chouburji was 86.1 per cent, on package-II from Choburji to Ali Town was 53.4 per cent, on Depot near Dera Gujran was 79.2 per cent while on Stabling Yard near Ali Town it was 75.2 per cent. An overall 18 percent electrical and mechanical work of the project had also been completed.
The meeting was further told that work for pre-casting U-Tub girders and transoms for package II of the train, from Chouburgi to Ali Town, has gained momentum with the employment of Steam Curing Technology, which has been introduced for the first time in Pakistan for pre-casting these structures.
An average of nine U-Tub girders were being pre-cast daily and as many girders would be launched by the recently imported machinery by the contractor.
The meeting was told that construction work on package -II, from Ali Town to Chouburji, was moving on satisfactorily. A total of 806 U-tub girders were being fabricated for constructing 40 feet elevated track for the train.
Each U-tub girders is 30 meters long, 5.5 meters wide and weighs 216 tons. After start of launching of these structures, the track for the train would start taking shape along package-II. So far 270U-tub girders have been launched, the meeting was told.
Chief Engineer LDA Asrar Saeed, Chief Engineer TEPA Saif Ur Rahman, General Manager NESPAK Salman Hafeez, senior officials of LESCO, WASA, PTCL, Sui Gas, Traffic Police, Railways, Rescue 1122, Civil Defence, Chinese Contractor, CR- NOROINCO, Representatives of Chinese Engineering Consultant and Local Contractors of the project attended the meeting.