Punjab Mass Transit Authority logo
|Owner||Government of Punjab|
|Locale||Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Transit type||Rapid transit|
|Number of lines||3 (1 under construction)|
|Operation will start||March 2019|
|Operator(s)||Punjab Mass Transit Authority|
|System length||27.1 km (16.8 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
Lahore Metro (Urdu: لاہور میٹرو) is an automated rapid transit system under construction in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. Three metro lines have been proposed, of which the Orange Line is under construction. When operational in March 2019, it will become Pakistan's first metro line.
The Lahore Metro was first proposed in 1991 and reviewed again in 1993 by the Lahore Traffic & Transport Studies, funded by the World Bank. The project was subsequently shelved. In 2005, the Ministry of Transport revisited the project and carried out a feasibility study. In 2007, the Asian Development Bank provided ₨1 billion (US$9.5 million) to conduct a study on the project. The initial plan called for an 82 km (51 mi) rail network with 60 stations to be constructed in four separate phases. The first phase involved the construction of a 27 km (17 mi) rail line between Gajju Matta and Shahdara Bagh, with an 11.6 km (7.2 mi) section underground. Construction was expected to start in 2008 and be completed by 2010. However, in 2008, the project was shelved again as priorities shifted to other projects. In June 2010, Malaysia based Scomi International proposed a US $1.15 billion monorail–based alternative, however the project was not approved. In May 2014, an agreement was signed so that the construction of the Orange Line could begin. Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif signed the agreement at a ceremony alongside President Mamnoon Hussain and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The project is estimated to cost $1.6 billion.
The Blue Line is a proposed 24 kilometres (15 mi) line from Chauburji to College Road, Township.
The Purple Line is a proposed 32 km Airport rail link.
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