LAHORE: The enraged locals in Lahore’s Samanabad staged a protest against under construction Orange Line Train project today (Wednesday).
Locals blocked the roads by burning tyres that badly disrupted the flow of traffic while the protesters ransacked the public property along the road side.
According to details, the vandalism broke out over non-payment of compensation money for land and resulted in offering symbolic funeral of the project. Security personnel tried to keep the mob at bay but they failed as the natives were not ready to listen anything.
Officers dispersed the Lahoris on a promise of forming a committee to look into the matter.
On the other hand, the heavy machinery and construction material scattered on the roads irked the people.
Earlier, incumbent government along with Punjab government had signed a project with Chairman of the Chinese National Development Reforms Commission regarding construction of an Orange Line Train in Lahore so that the metropolis will depict a melange of the traditional and the modern.
The project will cost $1.6 billion and it will complete within 27 months. The train route will be 27.1 kilometer long, spread from Ali Town to Thokar Niaz Baig, from Multan Road to Scheme Mor, Chowburji, MAO College, Mall Road, Laxmi Chowk and Railway Station, from Garhi Shahu Bridge to GT Road and UET and from Pakistan Mint to Dera Gojran.