The Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project is nearing its completion date. The train was run on a trial basis at the newly prepared track yesterday.
These metro trains have the capacity to carry up to 250,000 passengers every day, bringing it on par with Moscow’s Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya project.
— Mansoor Ahmed Qureshi (@MansurQr) February 26, 2018
Lahore’s residents will be breathing a sigh of relief as the long-delayed project is finally being completed. Many residents have complained that the project was choking off major business points in the city such as Lakshmi Chowk and the areas around the G.P.O.
Khawaja Ahmad Hassan, Advisor to the Chief Minister (Punjab), was there at the occasion of the trial run where he announced an addition of four more train sets for the 27.1 KM long Orange Line project.
Government officials are confident that the 12 km long portion of the track, from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk, will be completed within the current week.
Here are some pictures of the train during its trial run yesterday:
The project faced a delay of 22 months after the Lahore High Court issued a partial stay against construction work over fears that it threatened some historical sites in the city.
However, on December 8th, 2017, the Supreme Court of Pakistan passed a ruling that the construction work of the project should be started again. Since then, the staff has been working day and night for the timely completion of the project.