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Keeping a hawk eye on the 9-km elevated Metro project from Dilshad Garden to Ghaziabad, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to confirm that no unjustified favor was given to any company in awarding the Rs. 600 crore contract.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was ordered by a bench of Justices T S Thakur and R Banumathi to show all records relating to awarding contract to M/s GYT-TPL, a joint venture of Tata Projects and Guangdong Yuantian Engineering Co of China.

The bench said that it will scrutinize whether any undue favor was granted to the company when the tender of Gammon India was rejected by the corporation. Gammon India asserted that it was unfairly expelled from the project.

The bench asked DMRC to file affidavit informing that the same benchmark was followed for all the contesting companies while issuing the contract.

The petition was filed by Gammon India that claimed that DMRC’s decision not to award it contract was ‘arbitrary and illegal’.

On the other hand, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, who appeared for the Corporation in front of the bench, stated that the decision to not grant contract to Gammon India was taken after viewing the company’s past performance in metro projects in Delhi and Chennai. He said that the company had failed to complete its work on time in Delhi and Chennai.

Kumar also said that DMRC held Gammon India as an ‘unreliable contractor’ which always delayed projects.

“How can you be so sure that other companies have not delayed in delivering the projects? Have you done study on other companies also? Did you ask for information from other companies? You must apply same yardstick to all companies,” the bench scolded the corporation.

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Pakistan Tests its 1st Metro Train in Lahore Under CPEC

Pakistan on Wednesday made a test run of its first metro train service in Lahore, the capital of the country's eastern Punjab province, from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk on a 12-km portion of the total 27.1-km route.

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Pakistan on Wednesday made a test run of its first metro train service in Lahore, the capital of the country’s eastern Punjab province, from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk on a 12-km portion of the total 27.1-km route.

According to a statement from the Punjab government, Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab, inaugurated the test run of the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT), which has been tested once earlier.

“The OLMT is Pakistan’s first mass rapid transit train project launched by the Punjab government. It will prove to be a real game changer for the people of Lahore and Punjab, who will experience a comfortable, secure and economical travelling facility,” said the statement.

Pakistan on Wednesday made a test run of its first metro train service in Lahore.
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The test run was free of cost for travellers. The chief minister also took a tour of the train along with Chinese consular general in Lahore and senior officials of the Punjab government.

“The OLMT project will transform people’s lives. The project will become the basis of an interaction between different classes of society by creating a sense of equality and ownership in social terms,” said the chief minister.

A total of 27 sets of trains, each comprising five cars, will be used for the service in the project, a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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An energy-saving air-conditioning system suitable for the constant high summer temperature and unstable voltage in Lahore is the main trait of the train, said the officials, adding that the train has heat-resistant bogies, which will increase its durability.

The OLMT is the first of the three rail lines of the proposed Lahore Metro project that is expected to transport half a million people daily. The OLMT, with an operating speed of 80 km per hour, is expected to be used by up to 250,000 passengers a day at 26 stations. (IANS)

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