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Pakistan’s first metro line opens to passengers in Lahore

Pakistan’s first metro line has begun commercial operations in the eastern city of Lahore.

The 27km (17-mile) Orange Line, with more than two dozen stations, will drastically cut travel time across the notoriously congested city, reducing a two-anda-half-hour bus journey to 45 minutes by metro. A train runs along the newly built Orange Line Metro in Lahore Officials expect about a quarter of a million people will use the system each day once it is fully operating. “This project will provide world-class facilities to the public in Lahore,” Punjab state’s chief minister Usman Buzdar said during Sunday’s inauguration ceremony. A security guard at a station on the newly built Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) The project cost 300bn rupees (£1.4bn; $1.8bn) and welcomed its first paying passengers on Monday after years of delays and political controversies. It was built with Chinese backing and there are growing questions about the huge amount of debt Pakistan has taken
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