LAHORE - A high level meeting with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the chair on Monday approved Rs160billion budget estimate of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project with completion time of about two years.

The Metro train has to run on 27.1 kms long route from Raiwind to Wahran Gujjran, nine kilometers short of Wahga border. The project will be completed by the Chinese company for which an agreement was signed last year during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visit to China.

The 7th meeting of Punjab Mass Transit Authority, set up for the transport Projects in the province, unanimously approved plying of new buses on feeder routes of Lahore and Pakistan Metro Bus projects to facilitate the commuter reach the bus stations.

The meeting decided to handover horticulture and landscaping work of Metro Train project to PHA.

Metro Train is the next mega project of the Punjab government after completion of Metro Bus in Lahore and Rawalpindi, and initiation of work of this Project in Multan. Buses will be plied on feeder route after completion of Multan Metro Bus project.

The government considers the said projects as means to revolutionize transport culture in the province by way of providing the masses with most modern and speedy system of travelling. For the government, the projects are vital part of the government policies towards improving means of communication.

The chief minister ordered the concerned departments for forming separate steering committees for Lahore, Pakistan (Rawalpindi/Islamabad) and Multan metro bus projects.

Shahbaz Sharif directed that development of commercial points on the routes of Lahore and Pakistan Metro Bus projects should also be considered. Managing Director Punjab Mass Transit Authority gave a briefing to the meeting.

Member National Assembly Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Waheed Alam Khan, Chairman Lahore Transport Company Kh. Ahmad Hasaan, former MNA Hanif Abbasi, Members Provincial Assembly Kh. Imran Nazir, Ramzan Saddique Bhatti, former MPA Hafiz Mian Muhammad Nauman, Vice Chairman PHA Iftikhar Ahmad, concerned secretaries and senior officers attended the meeting.