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Old June 17th, 2016, 10:06 AM   #61
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It is true that as the construction is underway, the city is facing a lot of problems revolving around mobility and environmental concerns. However, in compliance with the Pakistan Environmental Regulations in the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act (PEPA) 1997, the Government of the Punjab entrusted NESPAK with the work of carrying out an EIA study of the proposed project. In this report, all the possible environmental and social concerns were stated yet the project was approved because the effects seemed not to be long lasting as proper mitigation measures were also suggested in the same report.

Here, we must also realize the fact that whenever a mega infrastructure project is being carried out, certain concerns are always attached with it. But once they are given a form and shape, they turn out to be a massive contributor in the prosperity of the respective country.

The Orange Line Metro Train is environment friendly as it emits low greenhouse gas (e.g. chlorofluorocarbons) and will also be instrumental in reduction of carbon dioxide emissions as estimated through clean development mechanism (145227.5 ton per annum pro rata – Delhi Metro). OLMT will eventually reduce the congestion on the roads resulting in less respiratory diseases and reduction in accidents.

All the smart nations today are following the precedent that if they focus on improving their mass transit systems and infrastructure as a whole, they would be prosperous. For instance, recently, Canada announced that the budget 2016 would come with a special preference to improve the mass transit system so that the commuting problems of the people are resolved. It also mentioned the same reason of doing so as Pakistan has today: over population and congestion in the city resulting in longer commuting times and more travel demands.

Less known is the fact that environment problem when catered to, also results in a boost to economy. This is what happens when there are less environment concerns and easy ways of commuting. This is especially true for countries like Pakistan where congestion and overpopulation are increasing at a threateningly high rate and so is the need of the people.

China already has around twenty-five running metro systems. It is a proud moment for Pakistan because China already has plenty of experience when it comes to such developmental projects. This also gives us enough reasons to repose trust in China when it comes to the construction of the Orange Line Metro Train in Lahore city. For that matter, those who say that the construction of the Orange Line Metro Train lacks planning should not be paid much heed. China has taken full responsibility of the project. The Chief Minister Punjab has also reassured that the project will be completed within stipulated timelines.

In conclusion, if we wait for some time, the Orange Metro Train's construction will finally be completed, much of the current environmental and related health concerns the Lahorites are facing today, will not exist for long. It is true that Pakistan is new to such development projects but all the developing countries have been paying the costs of "highly necessary" development works to meet the requirements of this century.

Source: http://nation.com.pk/blogs/16-Jun-20...ronment-factor

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Mass transit: Contractor reports progress on metro project

LAHORE: The first barrel of the underground section of the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) has been completed.

Habib Construction Services CEO Shahid Saleem told The Express Tribune that the 91-metre-long barrel from Anarkali to PIA Planetarium had been completed. He said the company had laid slabs and completed the exhaust duct of the barrel.

“Mud excavation is currently underway. It will be completed in a few weeks,” he said.

“More than 100 transoms have been completed on which a viaduct would be installed,” he said.

Saleem said the company had also laid foundations of all Package-1 stations, except some whose courts had issued stay orders.

“The construction of five stations is in advanced stages. Cantilevers on the first level are being constructed.

Once that is done, we will construct the second and third levels of the station.”

Responding to a question, Saleem said the package-I site, from Dera Gujran to Chaburji, had stay orders around five places – Shalimar Gardens, Ghulabi Bagh, Budhu Ka Awa, Lakshmi Building and Parachute Colony.

He said the company had completed construction of all pillars but 38 on which work had been stopped on account of stay orders.

“We have started laying asphalt on roads affected in the first phase. Steel fences have been removed from the route. We plan to complete asphalt laying from Dera Gujjaran to Cooperative Store before monsoon rains arrive,” he said.

He said roads affected by the first phase work would be restored from Bohar Wala Chowk to Hall Road in the next phase.

Saleem said the company had also started digging from Hall Road to The Mall.

“Work on the second barrel, located near GPO Chowk, has not been started on account of the stay orders,” he said.

He said company had already mobilised resources along the route and was awaiting go-ahead from the court to complete the underground section, he said.

The 27-kilometre Orange Line Metro Train project is estimated to cost $1.65 billion. It is being funded through a Chinese loan.

The project is part of the metro network in the city. It will connect Raiwind, Multan Road, McLeod Road, the railway station and the Grand Trunk Road.


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Great going Lahore! Looks quite well planned and station renders look interesting
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