Test-Run of Orange Train Successful

Test-Run of Orange Train Successful


Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the test run of the first of its kind Orange Train, which has been a much-awaited project of Punjab Government. The Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) is under a lot of debate with different perspectives coming from different sectors ranging from Environmentalist to Social Scientists.



Source: Dawn
Source: Dawn


The grand ceremony took place at the Laxmi Chowk in Lahore, where the CM Punjab distributed gifts to the locals there and gave a speech where he mentioned that he would make sure such projects are introduced all over the country including Karachi and Peshawar.




“The OLMT is not just a development project. Rather, it is the manifestation of democratic resolve to serve the common man ” Shahbaz Sharif said.

“Teachers, students, common citizens, laborers, and people from all walks of life will benefit from Orange Line Metro Train,” the CM added.

A view of an OLMT stop. ─ Photo by author
Source: Dawn


“The OLMT project will transform people’s lives. The project will become the basis of an interaction between different classes of society by creating a sense of equality and ownership in social terms,” CM said.

Initially the project will facilitate 0.25 million people daily, whereas by 2025, it is expected to expand its infrastructure and facilitate over 0.5m people every day.

A view of an OLMT stop. ─ Photo courtesy Govt of Punjab Twitter
Source: Dawn



The OLMT route begins at Ali Town and ends at the Dera Gujran/Ring Road Interchange.

The stops are: Ali Town – Raiwind Road – Thokar Niaz Baig – Multan Road – Chauburji – Lake Road – Ustadullah Bakhsh Road – GPO Chowk – Macleod Road – Nicholson Road – Boharwala Chowk – Sultanpura – GT Road – Dera Gujran/Ring Road Interchange

The CM Punjab said work on the project would be complete in three months with over 88% of the work already complete.

Engineers attending the inauguration of the OLMT trial run. ─ Photo courtesy Govt of Punjab Twitter
Source: Dawn


All the bogies of the train have been imported from China. Each bogie is 20 metres long. Although there are 60 seats per bogie, each can accommodate up to 200 people. Separate seats have been allocated for women, the elderly and disabled individuals. PML-N did manage to complete this project during its tenure, let’s hope it lives up to the expectations the people of Punjab has from it.