The much awaited, Orange Line Train on Tuesday (Dec 10) has completed its successful first test run from Dera Gujjran to Ali Town.
Punjab Transport Minister Dr Salman and several other key figures travelled by the train during the test run. The train reached Ali Town covering 27km distance in 45 minutes. The train has sitting arrangement for 200 passengers, while 800 people can travel by standing in train. However, citizens will have to wait for three more months to enjoy the modern journey.
Its worth mentioning here that, the Orange Line Train is the first mega public transport project of its kind in Pakistan envisaged by the Shahbaz Sharif-led PML-N government in December 2013. The tenders for the project were floated on Jan 29, 2014. And after a meeting of the then president of Pakistan with the Chinese premier on Feb 19 in Beijing, China decided to fund the project through soft loan, declaring it a “gift to Pakistan.”
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