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The Punjab Mass Transit Authority of Pakistan has flagged off the first trail test run of Lahore Metro Rail Orange Line on Tuesday. The test run was conducted on the 25-km long metro route from Dera Gujran to Ali Town.
The US$ 1626 million Lahore Metro Rail (Orange Line) is Pakistan’s first automated mass rapid transit project which will span 27.1 km with a total of 26 metro stations. Out of, 25.4km will be elevated and the remaining 1.72km will be underground. The Lahore Metro Rail project is funded by the Republic of China under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreement.
If everything Ok, then the first metro rail services will commence its commercial from March 2020. It is estimated that after the opening the entire Orange Line will serve an average of 250,000 commuters daily which will be increased to 300,000 commuters by 2023.
A total of 27 train sets with 5-car composition will be run on the Orange Line. The trains will be fed from the Dara Gujaran metro depot. The depot is also facilitated with Operation Control Center, workshops with the overhauling facility, training center, and parking facility. However, the stabling yard is developed at Ali Town with Auto Coach Washing facility and minor repair facility.
The entire metro project is being constructed under the supervision of the Government of Punjab. Usman Buzdar, Chief Minister of Punjab was recently informed by officials about the progress of the Lahore metro rail project.
The foundation stone of the Orange Line of Lahore Metro was laid by the former chief minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif in 2014 and the completion was scheduled for 2017. The construction was started in October 2015. However, due to damage of Lahore’s several historical sites and difficulties in generating enough energy to power the system, construction of the project was stalled for several years. Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to officially launch the Lahore metro rail project in March 2020.
In May 2014, the Government of China signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Pakistan Government to fund the Lahore Metro Rail project. In December 2014, China’s Exim Bank agreed to provide a soft loan of around US$1500 million.
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