Lahore Metro

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Lahore Metro
لاہور میٹرو
Punjab Mass Transit Authority logo.png
Punjab Mass Transit Authority logo
OwnerGovernment of Punjab
LocaleLahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines3 (1 under construction)
Operation will start2019
Operator(s)Punjab Mass Transit Authority
System length27.1 km (16.8 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

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 sometime in 2019, 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 was signed so that the construction of the Orange Line could begin. 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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Purple Line[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Progress: 'Work on Metro Train in full swing'". The Express Tribune. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  2. ^ Adnan, Imran (1 April 2019). "OLMT project to face further delay". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2 April 2019. As per the direction of the apex court, he said, the civil works of the project will be completed by end of July 2019. But the project will not enter into commercial operations by August or November 2019.
  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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