Orange Line (Lahore Metro)
The Orange Line of Lahore Metro (Urdu: لاہور اورنج لائن میٹرو ٹرین), is an under construction line of the Lahore Metro in Lahore, Pakistan. Once completed, it will connect Raiwind, Multan Road, Mcleod Road, Lahore Junction and the Grand Trunk Road.
It will be the first line of the Lahore Metro, which is country’s first mass rapid transit train system. The 27-kilometre metro train is expected to cost $1.65 billion out of which $650 million would come from from Federal Government of Pakistan, the rest is financed through soft loan’s by the Government of China as a part of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor through the Export-Import Bank of China. These loans would be paid back by Punjab Government in instalments over a 20-year period.
The corridor will be capable of accommodating two trains running both up and down the track, ferrying up to 30,000 passengers per hour. According to reports, the design speed of the proposed train is 70km/hr but the scheduled speed while it will be stationed by 26 train stations of, two will be constructed underground. The project has been subject to criticism on charges of transparency, while environmental groups have been critical of the envionrmental sustainability of the project.