The Punjab government is eying to launch Blue and Purple Line Train Projects in Lahore to provide modern, safe and fast transportation facilities to the residents of the provincial capital.
According to sources, feasibility study and presentation of the Blue and Purple line projects have already been completed. The Blue line train will cover 19 kilometers of distance starting from Qartaba Chowk via Kalma Chowk, Akbar Chowk and will end at Green Town. Whereas, the Purple line project will comprise of 16. 07 kilometers long train route which will start from Allama Iqbal International Airport in South and terminate at Bhatti Chowk traversing through the major intersections of Guldasht Town, Jora Pull, Askari IX, Saddar Chowk, Daharmpura, Garhi Shahu, Railway Colony, Railway station, Brandreth Road and Shah Alam Market
The estimated cost of purple line is $ 2.02 billion including civil works costing $ 987.21 million and E & M $ 586.37 million.
Currently one mass project Metro bus service is operational since February 10, 2013 while the work on orange line train is underway. It is expected that it will be inaugurated next year before the general elections. Almost 66% development work has been completed. Its route is from Ali Town Multan Road/Raiwind Road to Dera Gujraan on G.T. Road. Metro bus project’s route is from Shahdara to Gajju Matta on Ferozepur Road. It is 28 kilometers long. While Orange line mass transit train’s route is 27 kilometers long which will start from Alitown near Raiwind and Multan Road. It will pass through Thokar Niaz Baig, Samanabad, Shah Noor Studio, Canal View Housing Scheme, Allama Iqbal Town, Chowburji, GPO Mall Road, Lakshami Chowk, Lahore railway station, Sultanpura, Baghbanpura, UET, Shalamar bagh, Pakistan Mint, Islam Park, Salamat Pura and Dera Gujran.