The first train under the mass-transit project Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) has hit the rails for the trial run.
The maiden ride of the train powered with high-voltage electricity was enjoyed by the Provincial Minister of Punjab for Transport Jahanzaib Khan Khichi and Provincial Minister of Punjab for Information and Culture Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan.
The orange line metro train’s maximum speed was 80 km/h. However, the train will run at an average speed of 34.8 km/h.
In Punjab’s capital Lahore, the Orange Line is an automated rapid transit system. The line spans 27.1 km (16.8 mi) with 25.4 km (15.8 mi) elevated and 1.72 km (1.1 mi) underground.
There is a total of 26 substations. Out of these 24 are elevated and two are located underground.
It is expected that the line will handle around 200,000 passengers per day. It will cover around 27 kilometers within just 45 minutes.
The former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated the Orange Train test service from Islam Park Station to Lakshmi Chowk Station via a diesel-powered locomotive engine, back on May 16th, 2018.
The Orange Line was financed by the Punjab government even though it is often mentioned as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The project is expected to be completed within 27 months, as per PC-1. However, the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) stay order, sluggish work, and staggering cost increase have delayed the inauguration of the project.
A memorandum of understanding was signed to initiate the project between the Pak government and China in May 2014. When Exim Bank of China agreed to provide a soft loan of $1.55 billion for the project the financing of the project was secured. In October 2015, the construction work on the project started.