The development work of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) is near completion which will be officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan in March 2020.
The value of OLMT stands at $ 1.5 billion. Exim Bank of China provided a loan of $ 1.3 billion and the rest of the project’s cost was covered by the provincial government.
The total length of the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) track is 27 Kms. There are 26 stations with Ali Town and Dera Gujran stations serving as terminals. The track of OLMT passes through densely populated areas of the provincial capital.
Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT), the country’s most advanced mass transit system yet, was mired in a legal battle with the activists of cultural heritage. The advocates of cultural heritage brought the provincial government before the Lahore High Court contending the project is tantamount to devaluing the infrastructure of the Mughal era. Ultimately, Lahore High Court ruled in favor of the petitioners and stopped the construction of OLMT.
After a brief interruption, the construction work of OLMT was resumed.
Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) needs 75 megawatts of electricity to function properly. Initially, 8 grid stations were to supply electricity to OLMT. However, at the moment, only UET grid station and three stations of Shahnoor are supplying electricity to the project. General Manager Mass Transit Authority, Ozair Shah, says alternate arrangements have been made to ensure the uninterrupted electricity supply of 75 megawatts.
Citizens of Lahore are waiting anxiously for the inauguration day hoping not to witness any more delays. In the beginning, OLMT will provide commute to 250,000 passengers a day. Fully functioning OLMT will be capable of carrying 30,000 commuters per hour. By the year 2023, 300,000 commuters will be able to travel in a single day.
Initially, Punjab Police has been handed over the responsibility of guarding the track of OLMT. However, the security of OLMT will be outsourced in the future.
Via: The Express Tribune