LAHORE (92 News) – Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan announced that Orange Line train in Lahore will be operational on December 10.
The prime minster stated this announcement during a media talk after observing a signing ceremony of Service Level Agreement between Punjab Lang Record Authority and major private commercial banks for rapid agri loans, in Lahore.
Not very optimistic about the project, the premier said that it would cause losses of billions of rupees to the country. He added that the Punjab government will have to brace up for the losses in the coming days.
He shared no details whether it will be a test run or it is being fully operational to facilitate public in the metropolitan.
Earlier, after the completion of construction work on 13 stations, much-awaited Orange Line Metro Train
would run from October 28.
The Metro train will run between Dera Gujran to Anarkali, whereas, the concerned authorities decided to conduct its a test for running it through electricity after the completion of 13 high-voltage substations in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar chaired a high-level session to review the Orange Line Metro Train project and testing phase of the Metro trains through a briefing by the officials.
Meanwhile, the meeting decided to conduct a maiden test on the train powered with high-voltage electricity. The Punjab chief minister directed the concerned authorities to expedite the remaining work to make Orange Line Metro Train project functional as soon as possible to facilitate the general public.
The chief minister stated that the public would be able to use trains as a new means of transportation in January next year. CM Usman Buzdar will be the chief guest of the event for the launching of its testing phase.
The Orange Line project
The Orange Line project, is a rapid transit system under construction in Punjab’s capital Lahore. 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 and is expected to handle 250,000 passengers daily.
Though it is frequently mentioned as a part of the wider China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Orange line is being financed by the government of Punjab.