14 October 2016: The Supreme Court appoints a two-man commission of experts for re-verification of the environmental assessment reports on Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project of Lahore in 30 days. It will comprise TYPSA-Asian Consulting Engineers and Prof Robin Coningham, an expert on archaeology.
15 September: Work starts on manufacturing 27 automatic trains for OLMT project.
19 August: Lahore High Court (LHC) stops Metro train construction near 11 heritage sites. These are: Shalamar Garden, Gulabi Bagh Gateway, Buddhu ka Awa, Chauburji, Zebunnisa’s Tomb, Lakshmi Building, GPO, Aiwan-i-Auqaf, Supreme Court’s Lahore registry, St Andrews Presbyterian Church and Baba Mauj Darya Bukhari’s shrine. Appeal to go to Supreme Court.
LHC dismisses petitions regarding environmental concerns related to OLMT.
23 February 2016: EXIM Bank of China is giving soft loan to the Punjab government for OLMT project, tweeted CM Sharif. The loans will be payable in 20 years.
It is for the first time that tendering took place in the govt-to-govt (G2G) mode of financing. NORINCO, the lowest bidder, quoted a cost of $2.139 billion.
The Punjab government negotiated with the contractor to bring the cost down and was able to secure a saving of more than $600 million. They settled on $1.47 billion (PKR 154 billion) as the project cost.
10 October 2015: PM Sharif chairs a meeting on OLMT project in Lahore as civil work starts on Multan Road and Metro route.
21 June: Civilian work on OLMT starts this week by the Punjab government. Geotagging to complete by 28 June: Nespak
14 May: The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) gives a go-ahead to the Rs165.2/$1.62 billion OLMT project, which will be funded by a $1.6 billion concessionary loan from China.
OLMT is part of 50 projects which were signed during the visit of China’s President Xi Jingping to Pakistan.
Feeder bus routes for the first phase. Lahore public transport route map by Punjab Metro Bus Authority. For route length, see graphic below.
The Provincial Development Working Party in Punjab approves Orange LineMetro Train (OLMT) in Lahore at the cost of Rs 165.2 billion ($1.6 billion).
A representative delegation of China Railways and Norinco International China had met Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif earlier this month and agreed on the OLMT project.
OLMT project will result in speedy, comfortable and economical transport facilities to the citizens and will revolutionise transport system.
The 27km OLMT will be completed in 22 months. 26 stations will be constructed on the route and nearly 200,000 people will commute every day.
OLMT will prove to be a milestone in mass rapid transit (MRT) transport.
September 2016: Lahore Orange Line Metro Train under construction
Pakistan: The brighter side:
Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) Lahore Highlights:
Track: 24km elevated; 2km underground
Start: January 2016
Completion due: October 2017
Duration: 22 months
Cost (revised): Rs 154 billion (US$1.5 billion)
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Lahore public transport routes for feeder buses
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21 September: Lahore OLMT project: Construction of civil and allied works from Dera Gujjran to Chauburji (13.6km)