Destruction Before Construction: Orange Metro Line Train Costs Hundreds Of Trees

Destruction Before Construction: Orange Metro Line Train Costs Hundreds Of Trees|

Destruction Before Construction: Orange Metro Line Train Costs Hundreds Of Trees|

LAHORE – After the mega Lahore Metro Bus Project, now group of Chinese firms in collaboration with the Metro Bus Authority and the Punjab government are working on the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train.

For the construction of the 27-km-long Lahore Orange Line Metro Train, almost 620 grown up trees will be cut down from Dera Gujran to Ali Town.

Those trees and herbs which are planned to be cut down are of various kinds including Arjun, Dhak, Mahwa, Bahara, Alstonia, Ashoke, Sheesham, Alata, Kenair, Peepal, Simbal, Berri, Sukh Chain, Poplar and Weeping Willow.

According to the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report made by the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) in association with the National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak), the project executing agency, Lahore Development Authority has assured planting 6,200 new trees in place of the felled ones at various spots of the route and its surroundings.

The EIA report will be discussed and shared under the environment laws with the people from various walks of life in a public hearing scheduled to be held by the LDA on June 30 at Alhamra Cultural Complex, Qadhafi Stadium.

Electricity will be supplied by the Lahore Electricity Supply Company (Lesco) as the report says that the entire operation of metro trains which will start at 7am and conclude at 10pm daily will consume 74MW.

The report also mentions that the two power substations, one at the UET (GT Road) and the other at Shahnoor (Multan Road) will be constructed to ensure uninterrupted operation of the trains with each having capacity of 1,000 passengers. The operation includes running of trains, signaling control, automated fare collection machines, offices, etc.

The corridor would be capable of accommodating two trains running both up and down the track, ferrying up to 30,000 passengers per hour.

The report indicates the project will require acquisition of land which will result in loss of infrastructure; commercial activities, disturbance to people and change in the land use.

“However, the compensation for the structures, plots, private and public properties, etc. would be done by the government as per law,” the report guarantees.

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