Shehbaz: Orange Line Train route not to affect historical sites

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Salim Ahmed

Lahore—A delegation led by Programme Specialist World Heritage Center, Unesco Ms. Junhi Han met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, here today. Matters regarding measures for conservation of historical sites on the route of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project were discussed in the meeting.
Talking to Unesco delegation, the Chief Minister said that Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project of Punjab government is a revolutionary step for the provision of modern and comfortable transport facilities to the citizens. He said that Lahore is not only a historical city but it also has a population of one crore therefore, a modern and reliable transport system has become need of the hour.
He said that while the Punjab government is spending billions of rupees on the improvement of education, health and other social sectors, is also paying attention to the provision of a modern, comfortable and economical transport facilities to the masses. Shehbaz Sharif said that Punjab government has successfully launched metro bus project in Lahore while metro bus service is also operating in Rawalpindi/Islamabad which is not only benefitting lakhs of citizens daily but also resulting in saving of fuel and time.
Similarly, he said that work is also in progress speedily on Metro bus project Multan and it will be completed during next few months. He said that it is not the destiny of the common man to travel by smoke emitting vehicles therefore, Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project is being implemented which will not only provide respectable transport facilities to the citizens but also give a new identity to the provincial metropolis.
The Chief Minister said that no historical site will be affected on the route of the project as all necessary measures have been taken for the conservation of historical heritage. He said that after metro bus project, Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project is also an important project towards improvement of public transport system. He said that this project will result in transport facilities of international standard to the common man, students, teachers and people of all walks of life.
He said that lakhs of persons will travel by metro train daily and this project is of vital importance for raising the living standard of common man. Programme Specialist Jhuny Han said that meetings with senior authorities of Punjab government have been very positive and a close contact with Punjab government will be maintained. She said that UNESCO and Punjab government are on the same page. Ceramic expert (Conservationist) Elena Agnini was also included in the delegation. Kh. Ahmad Hasaan, Secretary Transport and Director General Lahore Development Authority were also present on the occasion.

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