On Wednesday Pakistan has made a test run of its first metro train service in Lahore. The project is undertaken by USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Punjab Province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the first test-run of the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk on a 12-km portion of the total 27.1-km route.
According to reports, Sharif said the OLMT is a “gift” for citizens, and vowed to introduce such facilities in other parts of the country, including Karachi and Peshawar.
According to the Punjab government’s Twitter account, Sharif said “The OLMT is not just a development project, rather, it is the manifestation of democratic resolve to serve the common man.”
Initially, the project is estimated to facilitate 0.25 million people daily, however, by 2025, it aims to facilitate 0.5 million people on a daily basis. A total of 27 sets of trains, each comprising of five cars, will be used for the service in the project. All the bogies of the train have been imported from China.
After the inauguration, the CM said that the work on the project would complete in three months.