By Our Staff Reporter
Lahore: Pakistan’s first-ever metro train service, the Orange Line, began its commercial operation in Lahore.
As an early project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Orange Line was designed by China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. and China North Industries Corporation and operated by Guangzhou Metro Group, Norinco International, and Daewoo Pakistan Express Bus Service, reports Xinhua News Agency.
Over the five years of construction, the Orange Line has created more than 7,000 jobs for locals and will create 2,000 jobs for locals over the operation and maintenance phase.
At the launch event on Sunday, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said that the Orange Line is the first eco-friendly mass transit project and will provide world-class travel facilities for the citizens of Lahore.
It will lead to green GDP growth, further promote urban development and modernity of the eastern megacity of Pakistan and increase economic activity, he added.
Addressing the ceremony, Long Dingbin, Chinese Consul General in Lahore, said that the Orange Line was another good achievement of the CPEC and that it would greatly improve the traffic conditions in Lahore and become a new landmark of the city.
He added that the opening of the Orange Line would significantly improve traffic conditions in Lahore.
The Orange Line is 27 km away and has 26 stations, including 24 elevated stops and two underground stations.
Approximately 27 sets of energy-saving electric trains, each comprising five fully air-conditioned cars with an operating speed of 80 km / h, can provide 250,000 passengers a day with a convenient, safe, and economical travel facility.