Pakistan tests first metro service in Lahore

He was addressing ceremony in Lahore

He was addressing ceremony in Lahore

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif will witness a test run of orange train from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk today.

On the occasion, Shehbaz expressed his excitement and joy, saying "there is a particular class that has consistently been opposing the public welfare projects like OLMT since the day one".

"The OLMT project will transform people's lives. Rather, it is the manifestation of democratic resolve to serve the common man [sic]", Shahbaz said, according to the Punjab government's Twitter account.

"Teachers, students, common citizens, labourers, and people from all walks of life will benefit from Orange Line Metro Train", he said.

In May 2014, Punjab government had signed a project with Chairman of the Chinese National Development Reforms Commission regarding construction of an Orange Line Train in Lahore so that the metropolis will depict a melange of the traditional and the modern.

The chief minister said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had taken a number of steps for providing cost-effective, qualitative and comfortable traveling facilities to the people.

Initially, the project will facilitate 0.25 million people daily, whereas by 2025, it is expected to facilitate 0.5 million people every day.

Engineers attending the inauguration of the OLMT trial run.

An energy-saving air-conditioning system suitable for the constant high summer temperature and unstable voltage in Lahore is the main trait of the train, said the officials, adding that the train has heat-resistant bogies, which will increase its durability. Each train consists of five bogies and each bogie is 20 meters long with 60 seats. Separate seats have been allocated for women, the elderly and differently-abled individuals. ─ Photo by author A view of the OLMT. OLMT has a total number of 26 stations out of which 24 stations were made at the height of 12 meters whereas the remaining two were constructed underground.

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