LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif unveiled a mega-transport scheme, Orange Line Metro Project, in Punjab’s capital on Sunday.
Sharif will also address the unveiling ceremony of the mass transport system as the first train arrived in the country from China recently. Before the event, he sent messages on social media lauding the project.
Sharif also said that the project is meant to make the underprivileged feel that “they have equal rights on the state resources as their rich counterparts… it aims to create equality.”
The management has finalised the arrangements for the event.
The 27 trains are likely to cover the distance as per the route built up until December 25 — when the project is set to be launched.
A single train has the capacity to carry 1,000 people, out of which 200 can be seated while 800 can commute while standing.
The project has also been included in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, it was decided in the Economic Coordination Committee meeting held in January.
The metro train is expected to run on electricity and to transport up to 250,000 passengers a day.
The capacity will be increased to 500,000 passengers by 2025.
Launched in May 2014 by the Punjab chief minister, in collaboration with a Chinese company, the project will be the country’s first metro line.
The construction for the project began in 2015 and was personally supervised by Sharif.
Costing a whopping $1.6 billion, the 27-kilometres rail line was set to be up and running by mid-2017 but got embroiled in a legal battle in the Lahore High Court which ordered a stay on several sites as the development was trampling over heritage sites in Lahore.