CM Shehbaz kicks off second trial run of Lahore's Orange Line Metro Train (VIDEO)

Nozair Hanif Mirza 05:05 PM | 16 May, 2018
CM Shehbaz kicks off second trial run of Lahore's Orange Line Metro Train (VIDEO)
LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday inaugurated the second test run of Lahore’s Orange Line Metro Train, which is Pakistan's first mass rapid transit train project.

The trip is scheduled from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk, a stretch spanning 12-km long portion of the route.

The chief minister took a tour of the train along with Chinese consular general, engineers and senior officials of the Punjab government.

On the occasion, Shehbaz expressed his excitement and joy, saying "there is a particular class that has consistently been opposing the public welfare projects like OLMT since the day one."¬if_t=live_video_share

"Orange Line is a gift for honourable citizens of my country. IA we’ll introduce such facilities in other parts of Pakistan as well esp Karachi & Peshawar," he added.

"Teachers, students, common citizens, labourers and people from all walks of life will benefit from Orange Line Metro Train"

Talking about the project Shehbaz said, "OLMT is not just a one development project. Rather, it is the manifestation of democratic resolve to serve the common man.

"The OLMT project will transform people’s lives. The project will become the basis of an interaction between different classes of society by creating a sense of equality and ownership in social terms."

The mass transit train line is a 27.1 km long project that runs from Ali Town to Thokar Niaz Baig, Multan Road to Scheme Mor, Chowburji, MAO College, Mall Road, Lakshmi Chowk and the Railway Station, from Garhi Shahu Bridge to GT Road and UET, and finally terminates at Dera Gujran.

The estimated cost of the project is around $1.65 billion while the provincial government earmarked Rs93 billion - the largest amount ever allocated to a single project - in the last budget.

The train is also slated to serve 250,000 people daily. Analysts speculate this project will also boost the election campaign of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz.

The first trial run of Orange Line Metro Train was carried out this February after the apex court set aside a stay order given by the Lahore High Court (LHC) to halt construction on the mega project.

Nozair Hanif Mirza
Nozair Hanif Mirza

The writer is a member of the staff. He can be accessed on Twitter @iamnozair


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 267.53 268.18
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390


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