LAHORE: As many as 20 out of 27 trains for the Orange Line Metro Train Project will reach the provincial capital from China by December.
This was revealed by the OLMT Steering Committee Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan, who recently returned home from China after attending the ceremony to dispatch rolling stock last week. He added the first rolling stock consignment for the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) was being shipped from China and will reach Lahore by first week July.
He was speaking to participants of the project’s weekly progress review meeting on Wednesday.
Ahmad showed the pictures of Chinese manufactured rolling stock to meeting participants and highlighted that international standard air-conditioned coaches were compatible with Pakistan’s environment and would provide safe, swift and reliable mode of transport to over 250,000 commuters daily.
Chugging along: OLMT rolling stock to start arriving in June
He said laying of tracks for parking those carriages in depot at Dera Gujjaran has already commenced. The train would have an operation speed of 80 kilometres per hour and a total of 27 trains, each comprising of five coaches, would be operated at an interval of five to 10 minutes for catering the needs of the passengers, he added.
The meeting was informed that overall 68.25% civil work on the project has been completed. Progress on package-I (from Dera Gujjaran, GT Road to Chauburji) was 82.59%, on package-II (from Chauburji to Ali Town) was 50.50%, on depot near Dera Gujran was 73.05% while on stabling yard near Ali Town it was 66.97%.
He also called upon all the relevant departments as well as the contractors for getting their staff trained by Rescue 1122 for adopting safety measure in case of any untoward incident.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2017.
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