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 May 2018, 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 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.
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.
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.
Latest technology will be employed for fabricating these trains and the rolling-stock will be fully computerised, automatic and driverless.