Lahore awaits its Orange Line Metro Train


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.

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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

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Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) Lahore Highlights:

Length: 27km

Track: 24km elevated; 2km underground

Stations: 26

Start: January 2016

Completion due: October 2017

Duration: 22 months

Cost (revised): Rs 154 billion (US$1.5 billion)

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21 September: Lahore OLMT project: Construction of civil and allied works from Dera Gujjran to Chauburji (13.6km)

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  1. For me, the beauty of this project is that it is not to the benefit of just the elite – it is for the masses and going through most of the non-posh areas and I love that. For a change the government is spending for the most deserving population. Obviously people will challenge me on the ‘kick-back’ theory of such projects but I suppose for another change we can perhaps take things a bit positively this time and console ourselves by knowing that money spent on public (including kick-backs) will go in building an asset to remain with the public.

  2. this beautiful railway plan will remain in Lahore for ever .whereas we will be gone but our children
    will remember mian Shehbaz sharif for ever.God bless him for all his . GA sajid Lahore

  3. islam is very very very peace full Relligen. Pakistan is very peace full and very beautifull same same floweres countrey.PAKISTAN ZINADA BAD.SHEIKH MAROOF AHMED.

  4. Mass transit program’s likes this focuses the majority that any afford private cars and vehicles and infrastructures is the root for building an economy and after this we are going global I hope soon Karachi will complete it’s first mass transit project soon inaugurated by central government and balochistan and kpk too

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