Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Metro rail for Lahore ?

Good news for Lahoris. It looks like the Lahore mass transit rail project is hopefully back on track. An MOU has been signed with Norinco of China to build the first line (the so called green line) of this project at a cost of 1.7B USD (with China financing most of it). This line from Shahdara to Gajjomata(somewhere on the Lahore-Kasur road) will be 27 km in length, partially underground and the rest overhead. 3 more lines (Orange, blue and purple) are planned somewhere in the future.
Can't really comment on the financial or design matter (the politicians can tear each other apart on this), but this if implemented would go a long way in alleviating traffic problems of Lahore and giving people a convenient and quicker way of moving around the city. So fingers crossed that this project starts on time becomes operational in the near future. Civil works expected to start in October this year.
Posting a brochure on the project also. Looks too good to be true, doesn't it :).
lahore_metro

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