- Another massive public transit project has been launched, but this time in Lahore
- A plan to divide Lahore into three districts is also underway
- The partitioning of the city is being done for better administrative control
Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Punjab Chief Minister, has announced the launch of the Blue Line mass transport project in the provincial capital.
The new transit project, according to a source, would connect Model Town to Data Sahib Chowk and the former airport and would be executed under BOT “build, operate, transfer” basis.
In a statement to the media on Sunday, Elahi revealed that discussions with the Asian Development Bank were ongoing for the construction of the Blue Line Train project.
He said the project, which was originally intended during his former term, had been damaged by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
“Although Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, was engaging in real politics and that his vision would advance the nation, PM Shehbaz frequently resorted to empty rhetoric”
Elahi further said that Lahore city will be split into three districts for greater administrative control and some of Kasur will be in a new district.
The highway would link Rahim Yar Khan, Sindh, Pakpatan, Okara, Bahawalnagar, and Bahawalpur with Kasur.
Additionally, the new Boulevard will be able to accommodate more than 250,000 vehicles each day.
It will facilitate access to and exit from Pakistan’s first commercial area as well as offer a signal-free path from Barkat Market to Jail Road and Ali Zaib Road.
It is pertinent to mention CBD Punjab Boulevard is a project worth Rs 4.2 billion and is being developed under Punjab Central Business District Development Authority.