By Atiya Riffat
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has travelled in the second test run of the Orange Line Train (OLT) in Lahore on Wednesday,Chief Engineer LDA Mazhar Hussain, project director and contractor company officials were also presented on the occasion to witness the test run.
“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,” Shabhaz said
The Orange Line shall carry 250000 passengers daily whereas it will significantly reduce commuting time from 2:45 hours to 30 minutes. The train will cover a distance of 27km.
Orange Line Metro Train project was delayed for 22 months due to the stay order. The OLMT is Pakistan’s first mass rapid transit train project launched by the Punjab government.
About Orange Line Metro Train project
In May 2014, Punjab government had signed a project with Chairman of the Chinese National Development Reforms Commission regarding construction of an Orange Line Train in Lahore so that the metropolis will depict a melange of the traditional and the modern.
The train route will be 27.1 kilometer long, spread from Ali Town to Thokar Niaz Baig, from Multan Road to Scheme Mor, Chowburji, MAO College, Mall Road, Laxmi Chowk and Railway Station, from Garhi Shahu Bridge to GT Road and UET and from Pakistan Mint to Dera Gojran.
The Orange Line Train is said to be the common man’s ride that will move through places where people with low income and living standards are spending lives.
Estimated cost for OLMT
According to Punjab’s new budget, the biggest development project in the history of Lahore, Orange Line Metro Train Project, has been allocated the largest amount of finance in the history of development projects. Rs 93 billion has been allocated for the project in the development budget of Punjab for this year, which is Rs 8 billion more than the amount allocated last year.
Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shahbaz Sharif termed Orange Line Train “Project as an example of long-lasting friendship of Pakistan and China”. He stated that the Orange Line Train will provide modern transport facilities to the nation.