The long-awaited Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government has finally been completed.
After completion of the remaining work, the first test run will be conducted on Monday, 28th October.
The initial date for the test run was shifted from 22nd October to 28th because of impending work. According to the sources, electrical and mechanical work is underway on the track near Dera Gujran, which is expected to be completed soon.
Sources said that the authorities are struggling to secure the necessary power supply to run the electric train.
“Electricity will be provided from eight grid stations, but currently UET grid station and three stations of Shahnoor are the only ones supplying power. The project requires an aggregate of 75 megawatts of electricity to operate, but alternate electricity systems have been provided,” an official source said.
During the test run, the Orange Line electric train will be run from Dera Gujran to Anarkali station. This was decided during a meeting presided over by the Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar.
The CM was informed that the work on 13 out of 24 stations had been completed while the other 11 stations will be ready by November.
The advanced mass transit system will be tested for three months before officially being launched for the public in March next year. Prime Minister Imran Khan will officially inaugurate the project.