LAHORE: The first shipment of rolling stock for the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) is expected to reach Pakistan by June.
This was disclosed by OLMT Steering Committee Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan as he spoke at the project’s weekly progress meeting on Wednesday. He said production for the stock had started and China had scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony around May 11. They would subsequently start shipping rolling stock to Pakistan and it was expected to reach the country by June 21.
A total of 27 trains, each comprising of five bogeys, would operate to cover a 27-kilometre journey in just 45 minutes under the OLMT. This would benefit around 250,000 commuters daily, he remarked.
Meeting participants were told that Chinese engineers had also started laying the rail track on the completed elevated section of Package-1 (from Dera Gujjran to Chaburji). Preliminary work to lay the track for the country’s first metro train had commenced at Islam Park station.
A total of 11 elevated stations are being built along package-I of the project.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 27th, 2017.
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