Earlier today, Punjab Government announced the final fixed fare for the OLMT (Orange Line Metro Train) which is also Pakistan’s first metro train service.
In a provincial cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar gave approval for the one-way fare of the Metro Train Service which is Rs.40.
Previously, the Punjab Mass transit Authority (PMTA) proposed to fix the fare to Rs.40 to Rs.50 for the Orange Line Metro Train but the CM Buzdar immediately rejected this proposal.
Commercially, the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) service will be launching from the 25th of October. This project is going to provide employment opportunities to more than 2,000 skilled and non-skilled people.
At the initial stage, the train will carry 250, 000 travelers in a single day. Moreover, when the train to start function fully then it will carry 30,000 passengers per hour. Till 2023, the OLMT will become capable of carrying 300, 000 passengers in a day.
The total length of the track of the Orange line train is around 27km out which 25.4 km is elevated and the remaining 1.72 km is built underground in order to protect the historical sites. In total there are 26 stations for the OLMT out of which two will be serving as terminals namely; Dera Gujran and Ali Town stations. Last year in October, news came out that the Orange Line Train will be launched in March 2020. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the launch of the project got delayed.