Orange Line Metro Train

Orange Line Metro Train being put on Solar Energy 

Engineering Post Report

The first urbn railway system, Orange  Metro Train (OLMT) in Lahore  is going to be put on solar energy in order to save the rising  more than Rs 1.9 billion annual  electricity bill currently being incurred  on the entire operationalization of the train, the first in the country.

Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMAT)  is operating OLMT  since this project  was delivered to it    by the Chinese contractor  CR-NORINCO, a joint venture  between China  State Railway Group (CR) and China North  Industries Corporation  (NORINCO)  in 2020.

According to the PMAT officials,  electrifying OLMT  with the solar system was inevitable  as the per unit cost  of electricity  varies between Rs  18 to Rs 21 which was not affordable  to run the entire function of OLMT for a longer period of time.

For putting the train on the solar system a number of  plans are under active  consideration currently at the appropriate level. One of these plans is to build up a solar plant with the capacity of  50 to 70 MG, the solar plant so being considered  will activate a mechanism  of input  to output  through We Link to power up OLMT instead of using the traditional  electricity apparatus.

OLMT is presently  being driven by  all electric  energy to achieve  zero pollution and zero emission . It is estimated  that the annual  fuel emission of  gases will be reduced by 30000 tons.

Since  its operationalization , the total ridership of OLMT  has exceeded  20 million, It has achieved  advanced  operating  international   standards with  90000 train trips covering a total  distance of 12 million kilometers with  a trip efficiency  of 99.9 per cent  and a punctuality  rate of also of 99.9 per cent. 

Orange Line Metro Railway Project has 26  stations  and a track spanning over  27 kilometers in length. Additionally, the  travel efficiency of the citizens has also improved  greatly as the journey of the entire route has been reduced  from 2.5 hour to only  45 minutes. The OLMT operation is also playing another valuable  role in reducing  the use of old cars  within the city, cutting down  the level off emission of  gases and environmental  pollution and promoting  green  and sustainable development of the [provinciaal metropolis.

The OLMT is a project under CPEC. The agreement for this project  was signed in April 2015 underlining  great significance both for China and Pakistan. The federal government has since decided  to shift  all public buildings  to solar energy  amid aggravating energy crisis on the country The decision to this respect  was taken during a recent meeting of  the Task Force on Solar Energy presided over by  former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.