Buzdar directs to complete OLMT project at earliest

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Amraiz Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar directed to make operational Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project for providing transport facilities to the commuters.
He said that fare of train would be fixed up to purchasing power of the common man. Usman Buzdar was presiding over a meeting at his office here on Wednesday to review the project.
He was briefed regarding the project, its maiden run on test trial basis by electricity. He was informed that work on 13 stations from Dera Gujran to Anarkali has been completed and Orange Line Metro Train would become operational from Dera Gujran to Anarkali from 28th of October.
The work on 11 stations would be completed by early November and after it, test trial of the metro train by electricity on the complete track would be conducted.
Provincial Minister Transport Jehanzeb Khan Khichi, Principal Secretary to CM, officials of Punjab Mass Transit Authority, DG LDA and officers concerned attended the meeting. Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar Wednesday said the politics of agitation was not suitable in anyway for the country.
Talking to Senator Aurangzeb Khan who called on him here at CM office, the chief minister said that being citizen of the country, everyone should play his positive role for national development.
He said Pakistan was passing through a critical phase and it was time to promote national unity, he said. Keeping in view the prevailing Kashmir situation, the politics of agitation was not suitable in anyway.
He said the politics of chaos was not in the interest of country as anti-state elements could try to take benefit in the garb of agitation.
The CM said that no one would be allowed to play with the lives and properties of people, adding that law would take its course in case of any dereliction.
Senator Aurangzeb Khan commended Chief Minister Usman Buzdar for introducing holistic reforms and taking steps for the betterment of the common man. Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar presided over a meeting at his office here on Wednesday in which the provincial housing secretary briefed about progress on the Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme.
The chief minister directed to submit a feasible plan for the provision of houses to low-income stratum as soon as possible within the next two weeks.
He also directed to immediately constitute a committee, adding that coordinated planning should be made for public sector business model and social housing. “Housing policy for low-income segment should be devised on a priority basis”, he added.
The chief minister said that houses would be constructed in collaboration with the private sector for people living below the poverty line.
He appealed to philanthropists and donors to play their role in this regard and directed to complete the project as soon as possible.
Provincial Housing Minister Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, Advisor Dr Salman Shah, chief secretary, chairman P&D, secretaries of hous-ing and finance departments and others attended the meet-ing.