Lahore Orange Line Metro train project has been delayed again and will not be operational till March 2019. The project that was started by former CM Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has come to a halt due to lack of fundings.
Pakistan’s first metro train project was expected to be completed in 2017 but an issue occurred with Lahore High Court and its construction stopped at various places. Once the Supreme Court of Pakistan allowed the construction again, a new date was announced for the completion of the mega project, March 2018. But now again the project is delayed till March 2019 as the caretaker government has not issued funds for the project.
The aim of Orange Line Metro train project is to provide fast mobility option to the people and minimize traffic load on the roads.
Once the train gets operational, it can accommodate 1000 people at one time and it will provide a fast commute option to 250,000 people every day. It is planned that its capacity will be increased to 500,000 per day by 2025.
The route of the train is divided into two, one is 1.7 Km long underground part and the other is 25.4 Km long elevated part. The train will pass through 26 stations. Anarkali and Central stations will be underground and the others will be elevated. The train will pass through Ali Town, Thokar Niaz Baig, Canal View, Hanjarwal Wahdat Road, Awan Town, Sabzazar, Shahnoor, Salahuddin Road, Bund Road, Samanabad, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Chauburji, Lake Road, GPO, Lakshmi, Railway Station, Sultanpura, UET, Baghbanpura, Shalimar Garden, Pakistan Mint, Mahmood Booti, Islam Park, Salamat Pura, and Dera Gujran.