Chief Minister Punjab, Usman Buzdar told the media today that the Metro Orange Train project will be launched for the public on October 26, 2020. October 25th, 2020 shall reportedly see the inauguration of the service by the Chief Minister.
The media was also told that the civil, mechanical, and electrical work on the Orange Line project has already been completed and that the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has issued a certificate of completion to the Orange Line project administration.
Reports further say that the certificate for train stations and other technical duties has also been granted to the project administration and that the LDA has been given the responsibility of the Orange Line Train track maintenance for the next 3 years.
Furthermore, the administration has decided to run the Orange Line Metro train on solar energy. Provincial Minister for Transport, Jahanzeb Khan Kachchi told the media that a Chinese firm shall be responsible for looking after and providing tech-support for the solar power system.
The Transport Minister highlighted that the electricity cost of the Orange Line Metro Train service will be reviewed in six months. He also hinted at the probability of the annual cost of electricity for the Orange Line Metro train being around Rs. 2 billion per year.
Solar energy will help save electricity as well as reduce the operational costs for the Orange Line project, the minister said. He further added that it is the government’s responsibility to provide the best possible transport facilities that offer convenience to the general public.