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Orange Line Metro Train fails to meet deadline, faces eight-month delay

11:41 AM | 25 Aug, 2016
Orange Line Metro Train fails to meet deadline, faces eight-month delay
LAHORE (Web Desk) - Owing to the verdict given by Lahore High court barring the construction of Orange Line Metro around heritage sites, the project is likely to be delayed by a period of eight months.

Insiders are of the view that the delay was inevitable even if Supreme Court renders a favourable verdict on the government’s appeal against a Lahore High Court division bench.

A member of the OLMT (Orange Line Metro Train) steering committee told The Express Tribune that the lawyer for the government were preparing a petition to challenge the LHC order in the apex court. He said the government would file its petition next week.

Shahid Saleem, a contractor for the OLMT Package-1 expressed the factors behind the probable delay.

“There are stay orders against construction at 12 points along the metro train route. The critical ones are near The Mall crossing. Construction of the three-storey underground central station should have started in October 2015 but the site has not been cleared yet” he said.

“The government and the Chinese contractors are pushing local contractors to complete the project on time but it may not be possible, construction of the central station would take at least eight months" he added.

On the other hand, the environmental activists have also mulled to approach Supreme Court to challenge the metro train project on environmental grounds.

The 27-kilometre Orange Line Metro Train project is estimated to cost $1.65 billion and is being funded through a Chinese soft loan.

The project is part of the metro network in the city. It will connect Raiwind Road, Multan Road, McLeod Road, the City railway station and the Grand Trunk Road. The Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had categorically vowed to complete the project by hook or by crook.

The writer is a civil servant.

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Currency Rates Today - Pakistani Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 25 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 25, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moved up to 301.75 and selling rate is 303.85.

British Pound rate is 356 for buying, and 360.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.65 and Saudi Riyal hovered at 73.90.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279 280.75
Euro EUR 301.75 303.85
UK Pound Sterling GBP 356 360.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.65 77.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.90 74.63
Australian Dollar AUD 184.95 186.75
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.65 205.65
China Yuan CNY 38.4 38.8
Danish Krone DKK 40.15 40.55
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.4 204.4
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.55 7.7

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