The Lahore Development Authority has stated that no church will be harmed, for the sake of the Orange Line Metro Train project. This statement comes in the wake of increasing protests from Lahore’ Christians who are anticipating expropriation of church property. In this regard, the Lahore Development Authority issued an official statement on Wednesday, May 4; clarifying that none of the said churches will be harmed neither will their properties be seized.
In this handout it was clarified by the Lahore Development Authority that none of the four churches falling in the route of the Orange Line Metro Train project will be affected because of the construction. Moreover, LDA stated that any piece of land will not be acquired for the project neither will the boundary walls or any other structural part of the Cathedral Church, The Mall, and Nolakha Church, Nicholson Road.
“About 1.5 kanals of open land and 62 meters length of boundary wall of the Saint Andrew’s Church, Nabha Road, will be temporarily used during construction period for underground track in the area. This temporarily used land will be restored to its original condition and boundary wall will also be reconstructed after the completion of construction works.
“Almost 10 marlas of open land and 18 meters of boundary wall of Saint Paul’s Presbyterian Church, near Bohar Chowk, will be utilized for the stairs to railway station of the project. Building or any other structure will not be affected by the Orange Line Metro Train Project and the effected boundary wall will be re-constructed,” the statement concluded.
As reported earlier, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) had plans to build a sewerage pumping station on the land beside the Cathedral Church. This plan had caused indignation among the city’ Christians. The church authorities, on the other hand are not willing to hand over the land to LDA at any cost.