Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Rolls Out

Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Rolls Out :CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co. Ltd rolled Lahore’s first Orange Line metro train off the production line in China’s Hunan Province on 15 May 2017.

China produces subway trains for Pakistan

The train, with five coaches and a maximum operational speed of 80 kph, will be delivered in July 2017; the first of 27, the others will follow by the end of the year.

According to a statement made by an engineer the train’s design showpiece is an energy saving air-conditioning system, suitable for Pakistan’s constantly high summer temperatures and unstable voltage. Also, heat resistant bogies should increase durability.

The train design reportedly combines Pakistan’s national flower, the jasmine, with the shape of the Badshahi Mosque dome. The Badshahi Mosque, or “Emperor’s Mosque”, was built in Lahore in 1673 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

The 27 km long Orange Line will be Pakistan’s first modern rail-based Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system and will be fully automated and driverless. It will be Lahore’s second MRT line after the Lahore Metrobus Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System, inaugurated in February 2013. It is expected to transport 250,000 passengers every day.

The line, mostly elevated, will cross the city between Ali Town in the southwest and Dera Gujran in the northeast, with stations located at:

1-Ali Town
2-Thokar Niaz Baig
3-Canal View
5-Wahdat Road
6-Awan Town
9-Salahuddin Road
10-Bund Road
14-Lake Road
15-General Post Office (GPO)
17-Railway Station
19-University of Engineering and Technology (UET)
21-Shalimar Garden
22-Pakistan Mint
23-Mahmood Booti
24-Islam Park
25-Salamat Pura
26-Dera Gujran

The Orange Line is the first of three metro lines proposed for Lahore.

The project, initiated with a signed agreement between the governments of Pakistan and China in May 2014, is funded under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreement.

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Lahore, the capital city of the Pakistani province of Punjab, is the second most populous city in Pakistan after Karachi. According to 2016 estimates the urban agglomeration counts over 10,000,000 inhabitants.

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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