First orange line metro train arrives in Lahore

The batch of first trains for the Orange Line Metro Project has just arrived in Lahore from China. A celebration ceremony to welcome the trains was held yesterday in Dera Gujjaran, Lahore.

Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif was present at the ceremony with Chinese Consul General, Long Dingbin to unveil and inspect the first train for the project.

The train can carry up to 1,000 people at a given time. The seating capacity is limited to 200 people while the rest of the 800 people can occupy the train comfortably by standing.

The metro train is expected to run on electricity and will provide air-conditioning onboard.  On its launch, Orange Line Metro is expected to transport up to 250,000 passengers a day within Lahore. The government intends to increase this limit to 500,000 by the end of 2025.

Orange Line Metro Launch Date

The plans for the orange line metro project were first introduced in May 2014 with the help of a Chinese company. The construction on the project began in 2015 with an aim to complete it by mid-2017.

But due to a legal battle in Lahore High Court, the train project was delayed and is now set to be launched on December 25, 2017.

There will be a total 27 trains operating on the project. The full batch of trains will arrive when the project is near its completion.