Pakistan’s first intercity high-speed train service, the Orange Line (OLMT) metro line, was completely inaugurated in Pakistani style. The Imran Khan government and opposition leaders cut different laces for the inauguration of the same metro train in Lahore. The government of Imran claimed to have created this project, which is why the credit for its inauguration goes to them. While the opposition claims that the first stone of this project was laid under the government of his party, he therefore has the right to inaugurate.
Metro inauguration ceremony
The Pakistan Muslim League opposition party – Nawaz (PML-N) held the first inauguration ceremony at Anarkali station in Lahore, where a large number of party members and supporters were present to witness the inauguration ceremony. On the other hand, the Chief Minister of Punjab Province Osman Bujdar also inaugurated the project in a separate ceremony, with both parties claiming ownership of the project.
This project carried out under CPEC
The Chief Minister of Punjab Province said the Orange Line Metro (OLMT) was the highlight of the friendship between Pakistan and China, which started along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) . This is the first transport project under the CPEC and a gift to the people of Lahore. The government of Punjab welcomes all development projects that can be carried out with joint ventures.
The provincial government of the PTI tapped
On the one hand, the ceremony led by the ruling provincial government patted the feet for the successful completion of the OLMT, on the other hand, the opposition party PML-N claimed that the former chief minister from Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, was the founder of the OLMT project. Former Minister of Railways and top PML-N leader Khwaja Saad Rafiq questioned the ruling government on the delay in completing the OLMT. He said the country has suffered billions of rupees because of it.
Opposition demands – government blocked inauguration
PML-N leader Ataullah Tarar claimed that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) deliberately issued a stay order to prevent Shahbaz Sharif from inaugurating it. The federal government was also quick to respond to opposition demands. The Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting said that the CPEC is a project of the Pakistani people and not a specific party.
26 metro stations on this line
According to official details from the OLMT, a 27.12 km track has been laid out with at least 26 stations. At least 250,000 passengers will travel daily through the country’s first electric public transport.