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Pakistan tests 1st metro train in Lahore under CPEC

IANS  |  Islamabad 

on Wednesday made a test run of its first metro train service in Lahore, the capital of the country's eastern province, from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk on a 12-km portion of the total 27.1-km route.

According to a statement from the government, Shahbaz Sharif, of Punjab, inaugurated the test run of the Metro Train (OLMT), which has been tested once earlier.

"The OLMT is Pakistan's first mass rapid transit train project launched by the government. It will prove to be a real game changer for the people of and Punjab, who will experience a comfortable, secure and economical travelling facility," said the statement.

The test run was free of cost for travellers. The also took a tour of the train along with Chinese consular general in and senior officials of the

"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," said the

A total of 27 sets of trains, each comprising five cars, will be used for the service in the project, a part of the China-Economic Corridor (CPEC).

An suitable for the constant high summer temperature and unstable voltage in is the main trait of the train, said the officials, adding that the train has heat-resistant bogies, which will increase its durability.

The OLMT is the first of the three rail lines of the proposed Lahore Metro project that is expected to transport half a million people daily. The OLMT, with an operating speed of 80 km per hour, is expected to be used by up to 250,000 passengers a day at 26 stations.



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 22:36 IST