Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Punjab CM inaugurates second Orange Line Train test run

Punjab CM inaugurates second Orange Line Train test run

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday inaugurated the second test run of Lahore's Orange Line Metro Train, which is Pakistan's first mass rapid transit train project.

"Imran Khan's own train has left and he has zero understanding how people suffer over lack of public transport", Chief Minister Sharif said while addressing a gathering held to mark the test run of multi-billion metro train porjec on Lakshmi Chowk. "I won't lie to the people like Imran Khan; people would be able to travel in Orange Line Metro Train in three-and-a-half months", he said.

"OMLT and metro bus projects have been completed for the common man", he said and criticised Imran Khan for not reforming the education and healthcare sectors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Great significance of this project is that it will bridge the gap between elite and the poor, and the main beneficiares of this facility would be students, teachers, doctors, women and old people.

"Orange Line is a gift for honourable citizens of my country".

Out of the total line, a 25.4-km section is to be elevated, while a 1.72-km section will be underground, and 0.7 km of the track will be laid in the transition zone between elevated and underground sections.

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Initially, the project will facilitate 0.25 million people daily, whereas by 2025, it is expected to facilitate 0.5 million people every day.

It was told that tendering was done at the start of the project in spite of a government-to-government agreement and Rs69 billion were saved by the Punjab government through post-bidding whereas around Rs6 billion were saved in local tendering in collaboration with the Chinese government.

"Once completed, you and I will travel in this Orange Train".

The OLMT route begins at Ali Town and ends at the Dera Gujran/Ring Road Interchange.

It was further told that up till now, more than 88 per cent construction work had been completed. Although there are 60 seats per bogie, each can accommodate up to 200 people.

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