Major project leads to deaths in Pakistan

The local Government of Punjab has invested a lot of political prestige in the construction of the new modern rail based mass rapid transit system, the Orange Line Metro Train, for the city of Lahore. In its determination to build the line as quickly as possible the lives of workers are being sacrificed with regulations and health and safety being overlooked. Just this week, another four workers were badly injured when they fell from a crane. It is estimated that at least 25 workers have been killed so far, with the worst single incident happening in January this year when 7 workers were burned to death. It is obvious that the local government sees the lives of workers, many of them migrants from poorer rural areas, as totally expendable.