Lahore Metro (Urdu: لاہور میٹرو‎) is an automated rapid transit system under construction in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.[1]Three metro lines have been proposed, of which the Orange Line is under construction. When operational in May 2018, it will become Pakistan's first metro line.[2][3]


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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[5] However, in 2008, the project was shelved again as priorities shifted to other projects.[6] In June 2010, Malaysia based Scomi International proposed a US $1.15 billion monorail–based alternative, however the project was not approved.[5] In May 2014, an agreement signed an agreement to begin construction of the Orange Line. 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.[7]


Orange Line

The Orange Line is a 27.1-kilometre (16.8 mi) line under construction.[8] The Orange Line (Lahore Metro) will be 27.1-kilometre (16.8 mi) long, of which 25.4 kilometres (15.8 mi) will be elevated.[8]

Blue Line

The Blue Line is a proposed 24 kilometres (15 mi) line from Chauburji to College Road, Township.

Purple Line

The Purple Line is a proposed 32 km Airport rail link.

See also


  1. ^ "Progress: 'Work on Metro Train in full swing'". The Express Tribune. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Need for speed: Pakistan's first metro train to roar to life in March". Geo News. 9 December 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017. Pakistan’s first metro train service is slated to begin operations by March 23, 2018, in Lahore, after a go-ahead from the Supreme Court on Friday. 
  3. ^ "Manufacturing of orange trains starts, says Kh Hassan". The News. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 24 January 2017. Latest technology will be employed for fabricating these trains and the rolling-stock will be fully computerised, automatic and driverless. 
  4. ^ Asian Development Bank 2008, p. 2.
  5. ^ a b c The Express Tribune 2011.
  6. ^ Asian Development Bank 2009.
  7. ^ Daily Times 2011.
  8. ^ a b "City to lose 620 trees for Orange Line train". Dawn. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 

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