Lahore, Pakistan (Urban Transport News): Pakistan has launched commercial services of the Country's first metro train service in Lahore from 25th October 2020. The 27.1 km long Lahore Metro's Orange Line has started its commercial run from Ali Town Terminal to Dera Gujaran.
The Orange Line Metro project was constructed by China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. and China North Industries Corporation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It will be operated by Guangzhou Metro Group, Norinco International and Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service.
At the launch event, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said that the Orange Line is the first eco-friendly mass transit project and will provide world-class travel facilities to the people of Lahore. The Orange Line Metro had created over 7,000 jobs for locals during the five years of construction, and in the operation and maintenance period, it will create 2,000 employment for locals.
It will lead to green GDP growth, further promote urban development and modernity of the Pakistani eastern megacity and increase economic activities, he added.
Addressing the ceremony, Long Dingbin, Chinese consul general in Lahore, said that the Orange Line is another fruitful achievement of the CPEC and it will greatly improve the traffic conditions in Lahore and become a new landmark of the city.
He further said that the launching of the Orange Line will greatly improve the traffic conditions in Lahore.
Speaking at the inauguration, Chinese Consul General Long Dingbin called the metro system a milestone in Pakistan-China friendship. "I congratulate the Punjab government and the people of Pakistan on this occasion," he said.
The Orange Line will cover a total of 27 km distance and has 26 stations including 24 elevated stops and two underground stations.
Some 27 sets of energy-saving electric trains, each comprising five fully air-conditioned wagons, with an operating speed of 80 km per hour, will provide a comfortable, secure and economical traveling facility to 250,000 passengers daily.