LAHORE – The first consignment of Orange Line Metro Train, including three coaches and two engines, arrived in Lahore on Monday.

According to a spokesman of Punjab Mass Transit Authority, the first Orange Line Metro Train will be launched on the 7th of this month.

Efforts are underway to complete the Orange Line Metro Train Project by December, he added.

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During a recent briefing, Adviser to Chief Minister and Orange Line Metro Train Steering Committee Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassan said nearly 72 percent construction work of the project has been completed.

The contract of twelve stations of package-1 and fifteen stations of package-II have been assigned to a Chinese company.

The OLMT, being built as part of the Lahore Metro, is expected to transport up to 250,000 passengers a day.

The project, which is financed separately from CPEC, will be Pakistan’s first modern rail-based mass rapid transit system, and will be a fully automated and driverless system. It will be Lahore’s second rapid transit line, after the Lahore Metrobus, which was completed in 2013.

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The Orange Line is the first of the three proposed rail lines of the proposed Lahore Metro. The line spans 27.1 km (16.8 mi). 25.4 km (15.8 mi) of the line is to be elevated, while 1.72 km (1.1 mi) km will be underground, and 0.7 km (0.4 mi) of track will be laid in the transition zone between elevated and underground sections.

So far, more than 50 people have died in road and other accidents around the construction sites since September, 2015. Several workers died in accidents at the makeshifts and construction sites.