Orange Line Metro Train set to start operations on October 25

Orange Line Metro Train

Pakistan’s first ever metro train with the most advanced mass transit system Orange Line Metro Train is ready to run from 25th of October.

The Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has alerted the relevant departments to finalize their preparations before 25 October.

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The 27 km long Orange Line Metro Train was initially scheduled for inauguration in March 2020; however, the coronavirus outbreak halted the launching ceremony and more than six months of long lockdown made it impossible to initiate the project.

In September, the Chief Minister of Punjab fixed the one-way fare for the Orange Line while sitting with his cabinet which is Rs 40. The CM Punjab rejected the proposal by the Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMTA) who were eyeing to fix a fare for Orange Line one-way more than Rs 40.

A group of Guangzhou Metro Group, Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service and Norinco International will be functioning the Orange Line in Lahore for a period of 8 years. The consortium also encompasses 2,000 skilled and trained workers for the operations and maintenance of the Orange Line Metro Train.

At the start, the Orange Line will only allow traveling of 250,000 commuters per day. After the fully operational, the Orange Line will be able to carry 300,000 travelers per hour. According to reports, 300,000 commuters will be able to travel in a single day in 2023.

The Orange Line will be covering 27 km of track. The line will span 27.1 km (16.8 mi) with 25.4 km (15.8 mi) elevated and 1.72 km (1.1 mi) underground. The line will be served by 26 stations.

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