Orange Line Metro Train Goes For Another Test Run

The extravagantly over-budget Orange Line Metro Train Lahore project is set for another test run today. The ceremony after the test-run will be held at Lakshmi Chowk Station which will be attended by several high-level officials.

Chief Minister of Punjab announced the test run via his official Twitter account. Here is his tweet about the event;

The following officials will attend the ceremony;

  • Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Shareef.
  • Chinese Consulate General, and,
  • Khawaja Ahmed Hassan – Advisor to the Chief Minister.

Several officials working on the Orange Line project will attend the ceremony as well.


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The Schedule

Here’s the official schedule for the test run event:

Orange Line Metro Train Test RunThe ceremony will be held after the test run from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk concludes.


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The Orange Line Project

The project is a tale of mismanagement, repeated delays, and sheer incompetence along with hefty corruption.

The construction of the projected was engulfed in a lot of controversies including the demolition of several historical sites. The case went to the court, however, Punjab Transit Authority got a clearance to resume construction of city’s flagship train.

The exorbitant cost of the project seems illogical as to why the government would take up such an overpriced project. As of now, the project is estimated to cost around $2 billion. The money could’ve easily been spent 4 times over to solve the education sector problems of the province.

Then again, it’s not like the government is spending money from the national treasury. According to reports, the federal government will bear only $300 million of the total cost, the rest of the money is being raised through loans from China. Hence the project that only benefits a few thousand people will put a major bump in the whole country’s economy.

Let’s see when the awaited Orange Line becomes fully operational after this second test run.


  • IT_Guy

    can you please remove your own stupid comments out of this news? Don’t pollute the news with own political bias. everyone talks that this money could have been spent on education. so what if everyone pass matric and can’t find a single job in the absence of basic infrastructure.? then you will criticise for unemployment of educated people.

    • Ali Salman

      This definitely is required.

      ProPakistani “writers” childishly try to let down good initiatives by the government. They chose titles on “ARY” and “BOL” style. If something is good give credit to the person down at the bottom and not to the government. If something goes wrong at any level blame government for wrongdoing.

      But electronic and social media has made people politically incorrect. Pakistanis never go after finding the depth of the story, facts. They accept immediately what they want to hear/see and reject immediately which they don’t like.

      In recent month propaganda is at its best, state institutions are part of it to let down opponents, this is so shameful and unfortunate.

    • Arasheed

      Education to idiot Mullah ??

    • Denis Franklin

      Taleem roshni hoti hy bai .. .Noor hota hy… Kash tum jaisy parhy likhy jahil yea baat samjh sakty.. Aor tum jaison ko yeahi sikhaya gya hy k taleem sirf job hasal krny k liye hasal ki jati hy aor yea baat tumhary comment sy b zahir hy.. Shame on pathetic approach.

    • sami

      اس پیسے سے ہسپتال بنائے جا سکتے تھے۔۔۔۔تو تم کہو گے کہہ لوگ زندہ رہ کر کیا کریں گے ایسے ملک میں جہاں کوئی سہولت نہیں جہاں امن نہیں!
      افسوس ہے یار ایسی ذہنیت پر ہی

  • Muhammad Areeb

    over priced project. it will benefit ghareeb awam(dont know how but in some way) and will get them votes .totally against this, but the government is clever as poor only see motorway,metro and orange line.

    • Ali Salman

      Well you must be blind to say the least if you do not see their projects on health and education. You must be very biased not to appreciate what they did in energy sector, in tax reforms, to promote business. Government can’t feed poor at the door step, Pakistan faced terrorism for 4 decades and you want current government to fix everything in 4 years?

      Whatever is being done, try a little to appreciate. But I feel people like you will never do that. If government was putting all on hospitals and education people like you will still be found criticizing one way or the other.

      They have not build metros only they have overhauled the whole infrastructure of the country as much as possible.

      Go to Karachi and ask how people suffer due to broken roads, they are totally frustrated.

  • Pro PoTI

    Pro PoTI