Lahore: The Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project is all set to enter its operational phase with the commencement of its maiden run – scheduled to take place on October 28 (Monday) – from Dera Gujjran to Anarkali next week, according to news sources. As per officials, the OLMT project is expected to proceed with the launch of its commercial operations from January 2020 onwards.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar recently stated that the provincial cabinet members would board the train service for its inaugural journey. He expressed his views on the matter during a meeting on Wednesday.
Previously, the commute facility underwent diesel locomotive inspection. Similarly, to provide for the train’s mechanical run-in requirements (in case of emergencies), the provincial executive recently imported two diesel back-up locomotives.
Further, the meeting was informed that 13 stations of OLMT Package-I (from Dera Gujjran to Anarkali) had been completed, while the 11 stations for Package-II (from Chauburji to Ali Town) would be completed in November. The attendees stated that the track underwent periodically tests by engineers.
In response, the CM directed the officials concerned to expedite the project’s completion, and fix the metro passage fare according to the purchasing power of the common man.
Following the commencement of its operations, the OLMT project will link the Raiwind Road, Multan Road, Mcleod Road, the Lahore Railway Station Junction, and the Grand Trunk Road (GT Road). Referred to as the country’s first metro, mass rapid transit project, it will complete a journey of 27-kilometres and offer commute services to almost 250,000 passengers on a daily basis.