Underground mass transit system for Lahore approved

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Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi presided over the 6th provincial cabinet meeting at CM Office here on Friday in which special prayer was offered for the martyrs of APS Peshawar and rich tributes were paid to the great sacrifice of the martyrs.

The Punjab cabinet accorded principle approval to complete the underground mass transit system for Lahore and approval was also granted to incorporate underground blue-line and purple-line and mass transit project in the Annual Development Programme (ADP).

Approval was also accorded during the meeting to decrease 50 percent in the unit rates of ownership rights for giving land to the landless farmers in Cholistan. The landless farmers of Cholistan and agriculture will be greatly benefited with this step of the Punjab government. Approval was also granted to grant exemption value-added tax for the ambassadors and consulates.

CM Parvez Elahi said that he would introduce the underground train system, blue-line, purple-line and

mass transit project will be launched with the cooperation of Asian Development Bank (ADB) adding that this project will be built on BOT basis and not a single penny of Punjab government will be spent on it.

Underground mass transit system will be built from Valencia to Kalma Chowk, Liberty Chowk, Data Darbar up to Airport. Eight big stations of the orange line will also be developed.

The cabinet also granted approval to the P&D Board and Transport Department to hold negotiations for getting technical assistance and financing with the ADB.