Lahore, April 14, 2016 (PPI-OT):A special seminar regarding Lahore Orange Line Metro Train was held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal in which people benefitting from Metro Bus Service and owners of land acquired for Metro Train Project termed Metro Train as a splendid welfare project of common man and those creating hurdles in the way of this project as enemies of progress and prosperity of the people. Muhammad Afzal Munir, a student travelling by metro bus said that there was a dire need of modern transport system for the city like Lahore as travelling by dilapidated buses was not only difficult but result in wasting time due to traffic jam.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has provided latest transport facilities by launching Metro Bus Service and also started work on Lahore Metro Train Project, he added. The student said he considers that besides maintaining international standard, conservation of historical places have been ensured in Metro Train Project. A due compensation has been paid to those at their doorstep whose land has been used for this project, he added.
He said that only a few persons are raising hue and cry and criticizing the project for the sake of criticism. He appealed to Chief Minister that he should not pay heed to their hue and cry as handful opponents are unaware of public problems. He further said that people are with the Chief Minister and will support him. A teacher of FC College University, Zunaria told that her father has died and she has to travel by motorcycle along with her brother but two years before, she started travelling by metro bus and realized that this is very respectful, safe and economic travelling facility.
She said that there is no discipline in local transport but metro bus service has introduced discipline. She said the commuters stand in a queue and she is happy that best bus transport system exists in Lahore. The teacher said she considers that more projects like metro bus and metro train should be started. A widow, mother of 9 children, Hanifan Bibi talking in Punjabi language said that she travels comfortably by metro bus by paying nominal fare for earning her livelihood.
She said that the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has launched metro bus for the poor. She prayed for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to launch such more projects. A nurse Bushra, working at Munshi Hospital, informed that she resides near General Hospital. Before metro bus, it was very difficult to reach on duty timely but now not only she reaches timely but also saves money.
Now, we are waiting for launch of metro train, she added. Imran Ali, resident of Jain Mander whose land has been included in metro train project said that he and his brothers worked at Jain Mander. He said they were worried when they knew that their land has come under the project. People said that they will get nothing for their land, he added. When MPA Majid Zahoor conveyed the message of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif that no one will face injustice then our reservations were removed, he added.
He said his mother consoled him that Shahbaz Sharif will ensure justice to them. He said that they received compensation through one window more than their expectations. He said they are happy that their land has been used for the project. He said that Shahbaz Sharif is a man of action and also has a heart of “Shehbaz” and he has won their hearts.
Muhammad Mursaleen, owner of Al-Rehman Honda Centre Jain Mander informed that his five children were working at the properties of Auqaf Department. When their land came under the project he was very worried but prayed for Shahbaz Sharif who made them happy by paying great amount of compensation, he added. He said some persons were saying that he will get nothing.
He was in Peoples Party from the beginning but now he is with Shahbaz Sharif, he added. Muhammad Mursaleen raised slogan “Fakher-e-Pakistan Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Zindabad, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif Zindabad and Orange Line Metro Train Zindabad”.
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