Modern-day tram service is soon launching in Lahore. The service will be a revival of the highly popular British-era tram service.
Punjab Transport Department has inked an agreement with a Chinese company CRSC International and Inkon Group of the Czech Republic. The Chinese company specializes in rail transportation control systems.
The project is divided into many phases. A 35 km track will be built on the Canal Road, Lahore in the first phase. Around 50 trams will operate and run on this track. Once it is functional, the trams will carry around 35,000 passengers in an hour.
Electricity and batteries will be used to power the trams. One tram will have a service life of around 40 years. 2 tram depots will be built at various locations as well.
During the development of the project, CRSC International and Inkon Group will work closely with the Lahore Transport Company. After the successful completion of the first phase, the project will be extended to other parts of the provincial capital.
The Provincial Transport Minister Jahanzeb Khan Khichi said that more than 1 country is interested in this project including Germany, China, and the Czech Republic. These countries consider this project to be a great opportunity for investment.