Punjab CM inaugurates second Orange Line Train test run

Published: May 16, 2018
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Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has travelled in the second test run of the Orange Line Train (OLT) in Lahore on Wednesday, Express News reported.

The 11km test run, from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk, was free of cost for travellers.

CM Shehbaz would be joined by Chinese consulate general, adviser to the chief minister Khawaja Ahmed Ehsan, Chief Engineer LDA Mazhar Hussain Khan and project directors.

All 27 Orange Line trains arrive in Lahore

Previously, the test run was scheduled for May 17, however, the decision to prepone the inaugural ceremony was taken in accordance with the commencement of Ramazan.

The OLT extends over a route of 27km covering a total of 26 stations ranging from Dera Gujjran (Raiwind Road) to Ali Town (GT Road). Out of these, 24 stations are elevated while two are underground.

Basically, this project was initiated with a signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Pakistan and China in May 2014.

Financing was secured in December 2015 when China’s Exim Bank agreed to provide a soft loan of Rs165 billion for the project. Originally the completion of this project required 27 months but now it is expected to be completed by October 2019.

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  • Shakil
    May 16, 2018 - 6:18PM

    so how many times you need to inaugurate the incomplete train for political mileage on tax payers expense?Recommend

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