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This article is about the rapid mass transit system. For the bus system, see Lahore Metro Bus System.
Lahore Metro
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Overview
Native name لاہور میٹرو
Locale Lahore, Pakistan
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 3
Operation
Operation will start 2018
Technical
System length 75 km (46.60 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

The Lahore Metro or Lahore Rapid Mass Transit System (LRMTS) (Urdu: لاہور میٹرو‎) is an approved rapid transit system (metro train system) for Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan. First proposed in 1991, funding was not secured, and in 2012 it was abandoned by the Punjab government in favour of the more cost–effective Lahore Metro Bus System which opened in February 2013. However, the Punjab Government decided to restart development on the Lahore Metro as a $1.6 billion project with Chinese assistance. The Orange Line, which will be 27.1-kilometre (16.8 mi) long (25.4 kilometres (15.8 mi) of which will be elevated),[1] will be the first line of the project and is in the planning stages.[2]

History[edit]

Map of Lahore showing major roads, railways & airports (click to enlarge)

The system was first proposed in 1991 and was updated in 1993 by Lahore Traffic and Transport Studies, funded by the World Bank. The project was subsequently shelved.[3]

In 2005, the Transport Department of Pakistan revisited the project and carried out a feasibility study and in 2007, the Asian Development Bank provided PKR1 billion to conduct a study on the project.[4] An 82 km (51 mi) long rail network with 60 stations was to be constructed in four separate phases as a part of the project. The first phase involved construction of a 27 km (17 mi) km railway line called green line which would include an 11.6 km (7.2 mi) underground network. This line would carry 250,000–300,000 passengers after construction.[5] The construction was expected to start in 2008 and complete in 2010.[4] However, the new Pakistani government in 2008, shifted its priorities to other projects.[6]

In June 2010, Malaysia based Scomi International proposed a US$1.15 billion monorail–based alternative to LRMTS. However, the project was not approved as the Chinese government agreed to loan the LRMTS US$1.8 billion.[4] The infrastructural investment required in LRMTS was US$61.9 million per km which was higher than the average range of US$13–50 million per km for similar projects.[7] However, the Delhi Metro was built at a cost of $2 billion for 60 km which is equivalent to $33.3 million per km and depending LRMTS's total cost of either $1.6 billion or $1.8 billion, the LRMTS will be $21.3 million to $24 million which is in range for similar projects as the the loan is provided not just for the "orange line".

The governments of Pakistan and China in May 2014 signed an agreement to start an Orange Line Metro Train project.Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif signed the agreement from Pakistan side at a ceremony which was also witnessed by President Mamnoon Hussain and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The project will cost $1.6 billion.[8]

Lines[edit]

Orange Line[edit]

In 2014, development on the Lahore Metro was revived by the Punjab Government as a $1.6 billion rapid transit project to be built with Chinese assistance. The 27.1-kilometre (16.8 mi) Orange Line (Lahore Metro) will be constructed first.[2] The Orange Line (Lahore Metro) will be 27.1-kilometre (16.8 mi) long, of which 25.4 kilometres (15.8 mi) will be elevated.[2] The service will initially projected benefit around 250,000 passengers a day. The capacity will be increased to 500,000 passengers a day by 2025. Shahbaz Sharif on the occasion said like the Metro Bus Service, the metro train would also be run in other cities after Lahore.

Blue Line[edit]

The Blue Line was expected to be 24 kilometres (15 mi) in length and would have extended from Chauburji to College Road.

Purple Line[edit]

The Purple Line would have joined the Green line, at Data Darbar and the Orange Line, at Lakshami, to the Lahore University of Management Sciences via Allama Iqbal International Airport. Length would be around 25 km.

Development[edit]

Chinese government is entrusted for designing, construction and operation of the orange line. Construction of orange line is expected to start in November 2014 and the estimated completion time is 27 months. The governments of Pakistan and China in May 2014 signed an agreement to start an Orange Line Metro Train project.Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif signed the agreement from Pakistan side at a ceremony which was also witnessed by President Mamnoon Hussain and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The project will cost $1.6 billion.

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Partnerships Bulletin (subscription)
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 03:18:45 -0700

Lahore metro gets go ahead. 4 June 2015 The Lahore Orange Line Metro project has been cleared by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) in Pakistan. To continue reading this story, please log-in at the top right hand side of this page. If you are ...
 
Pakistan Tribe
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 03:30:00 -0700

LAHORE – After the mega Lahore Metro Bus Project, now group of Chinese firms in collaboration with the Metro Bus Authority and the Punjab government are working on the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train. For the construction of the 27-km-long Lahore ...

Daily Times

Daily Times
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:11:15 -0700

Metro bus projects have introduced a new culture in transport sector and after the splendid success of Lahore metro bus project, Pakistan Metro Bus Service in twin cities (Rawalpindi-Islamabad) also proved very successful and about 150,000 citizens ...
 
Business Recorder (press release) (blog)
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 08:22:30 -0700

Metro bus projects have introduced a new culture in transport sector and after the splendid success of Lahore metro bus project, Pakistan Metro Bus Service in twin cities (Rawalpindi-Islamabad) also proved very successful and about 150,000 citizens ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:52:39 -0700

... a gathering at Aabpara Chowk as part of the general elections campaign, Nawaz Sharif had announced that if his party was voted to power, it would 'gift' residents of the twin cities with a state-of-the-art mass transit system like the Lahore Metro ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:46:29 -0700

In this file photo Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal chairs a CDWP meeting in Islamabad. PHOTO: PID. ISLAMABAD: After the Lahore Metro bus project, the government is now working towards introducing another source of mass ...

Daily Times

Daily Times
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 15:30:00 -0700

... vehicles and damaging public property would be eliminated through this splendid project. He said that Rawalpindi Islamabad metro bus service is more beautiful than Lahore metro bus and Wifi facility has also been provided in the buses and at the ...

Pakistan Today

Pakistan Today
Mon, 01 Jun 2015 11:56:15 -0700

It will be the first line of the Lahore Metro, which is country's first mass rapid transit train system. It would also be financed and developed by the Chinese government. The corridor would be capable of accommodating two trains running both up and ...
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