LAHORE: The Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) service was inaugurated on Sunday amid the government and the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) both laying claim to its ownership.
Scheduled to be inaugurated by Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, the train service was ‘inaugurated beforehand’ by PML-N leaders at Jain Temple.
Carrying pictures of PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, party leaders and workers reached the Anarkali station where PML-N leader Khwaja Saad Rafique carried out the ribbon cutting.
Inaugurating the project separately, Buzdar said the OLMT was “a culmination of Pakistan-China friendship that began with the China – Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)”.
He said the metro project was a part of CPEC, which is a result of the decades-old friendship between the two neighbouring countries.
“It is the first transport project under CPEC and a gift to the people of Lahore,” the Punjab CM said. He added that the Punjab government welcomes all development projects that may accompany the joint venture.
The chief minister further revealed that the OLMT project will be provided with a Rs15 billion subsidy by the provincial government.–Express Tribune