Lahore Metro

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Lahore Metro
لاہور PTمیٹرو
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Overview
Locale Lahore, Pakistan
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 4
Number of stations 60
Operation
Began operation under construction
Operator(s) Lahore Transport Company
Technical
System length 82 km (50.95 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

The Lahore Metro or Lahore Rapid Mass Transit System (LRMTS) (Urdu: لاہور میٹرو‎) was a light rail transit system designed for Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan. First proposed in 1991, funding was not secured and in 2012, it was abandoned in favour of the more cost–effective Lahore Metro Bus System by the Punjab government which opened in February 2013.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] The construction was expected to start in 2008 and complete in 2010.[2] However, the new Pakistani government in 2008, shifted its priorities to other projects.[4]

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.[2] 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.[5]

In 2012, the LRMTS was abandoned in favour of more cost–effective Lahore Metro Bus System by the Punjab government.[6]

Design[edit]

As a part of the project, four separate tracks were to be constructed in different operational phases.[7]

Green Line[edit]

The Green Line was expected to cost US$2.4 billion to construct and would have extend from Shahdara to Hamza Town. The total length of Green Line was expected to be 27 km (17 mi), with 11.6 km (7.2 mi) underground and 15.4 km (9.6 mi) overhead. There would be in total 12 underground stations and 10 overhead stations built. The route of green line was changed slightly. Instead of going to the Regal Chowk, the route was designed to pass through Lyton road and then join Lake road in the previously proposed route.

Orange Line[edit]

The Orange Line was expected to cost US$1.9 billion to construct and would have extend from Ali Town to Dera Gujran. The total length of Orange Line was expected to be 27 km (17 mi), with 7 km (4.3 mi) underground and 20 km (12 mi) overhead. 6 underground stations and 20 overhead stations would have been built.

Blue Line[edit]

The Blue Line was expected to be a total of 24 km (15 mi) 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 Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Revival[edit]

Now the Punjab Government has decided to restart the ORANGE LINE project with Chinese assistance. 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. 6.5 km of the track will be underground. Precise route map is not yet available. Major areas that will be covered by orange line:

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