Lahore’s Orange Line train is ready to be functional from March 2020, officials said Tuesday while adding that the metro train will officially be launched for public after test-runs that will start from December 10.
All the technical and mechanical work on the project has been completed.
“Once the train starts, several tests of aligning, breaking and signalling will be conducted and all of the services will then be integrated into the train,” Punjab Transport Secretary Asad Rehman Gilani said.
“During the technical test, five bogies will be attached to the engine which will cover a distance of 27 kilometres in 35 minutes,” he said.
The finance department has started working out the service fare which is expected to be between Rs40 to Rs50.
“Our aim is that the people taking a rickshaw from point A to point B get better transport facilities. We hope that they reach their destinations on time and their travel costs are low,” said Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht, the Punjab minister of finance.
Construction work on the project began in 2014 but was halted after the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) failed to release funds to construction companies.
Last year, the court had ordered the authority to release funds worth Rs400 million and Rs600 million to contractors after which the construction work resumed.
The project is expected to facilitate more than 350,000 passengers every year.