China acknowledges OL-MRT as CPEC project

By Monitoring Desk
Tuesday – October 27, 2020
BEIJING (China): China’s foreign office (FO) spokesperson Zhao Lijian, addressing a regular press conference, Monday, acknowledged that Pakistan’s first metro train project in Lahore, expected to transport over 250,000 people daily, is an early harvest project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

According to a press release, he said, “I have also learned of this good news. As a diplomat posted in Pakistan for many years, I extend my warmest congratulations.”

The orange line (OL) mass rapid transit (MRT) spans 27.1 kilometres (kms) with 25.4 kms elevated and 1.72 kms underground, OL-MRT is served by 26 stations, in the heart of Punjab.

China’s FO spokesperson Lijian said, “The OL-MRT is an early harvest project under the CPEC” adding “Its inauguration introduces an era of metro train service for Pakistan.”

He continued, “As the chief minister (CM) of Punjab, Sardar Usman Buzdar said at the OL-MRT’s inauguration ceremony, it is one of the most advanced urban rail transport projects in South Asia, providing modern, efficient, environmental-friendly and safe transport service to Lahore while reducing air pollution. During construction, this project created more than 7,000 local jobs, and I understand nearly 2,000 more jobs will be created during its operation and maintenance.”

China’s FO spokesperson Lijian concluded, “The completion of the OL-MRT also marks a major outcome of the CPEC” highlighting “China will continue working with Pakistan to advance the building of the CPEC and forge it into a quality demonstration project of the belt and road initiative.”