CM Punjab unveils Orange Line Train, Project will cost 1.6 billion Dollars
Pakistan’s first Orange Line Metro Train has been officially inaugurated by Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif along with Chinese Consul General Long Dingbin in Lahore.
Lahore Orange Line Train’s consignment of its bogies being reaching to Lahore from China, the project is expected to be completed by December this year.
Earlier, Punjab government announced the official launching of metro trains at 27 kilometre track on December 25, the 90 per cent of remaining 26 sets of metro trains are set to arrive here before the inauguration date.
According to the Punjab government statistics, over 0.2 million people will be able to travel comfortably daily once the project is completed.
The capacity will be increased to 500,000 passengers by 2025, and train will be able can complete 2.5 hours of normal journey in just 45 minutes.
The first consignment of the rolling stock which reached in Lahore yesterday consisted of five coaches and one locomotive and it was transported from China to Karachi Port and then to Lahore in seven days.
CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif told that the project is meant to make the underprivileged feel that they have equal rights on the state resources as their rich counterpart which t aims to create equality.
He added further completion of this initiative will provide affordable transport of international standards to the people and they will also get rid of outdated means of public transport, Shahbaz Sharif added.
The construction for the project began in 2015 and was personally supervised by Shahbaz Sharif. Chairman Orange Line Metro Train told that every train will consist of five coaches and capacity to transport 1,000 passengers in one trip and more than 27,000 passengers will be able to travel on 27 metro trains in one trip.
The metro train will travel 80 kilometres per hour and cover the end to end (Ali Town to Dera Gujjran) 27 kilometre-long journey in just 45 minutes.