First metro train run in Pakistan with the help of Wo

Pakistan has got its first metro line. The movement of trains has started on the country's first metro line in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province. Pakistan has received the gift of Metro with the help of China.

There are more than two dozen stations on this 27 km long Orange Line. Traveling anywhere in the crowded Lahore city will be easy. If it takes two and a half hours to go anywhere by bus, one can reach the metro in just 45 minutes.

Officials expect that about 2.5 lakh people will travel in it every day when the metro is fully operational.

"This project will provide world class facilities to the public in Lahore," Punjab State Chief Minister Osman Boozdar said at the inauguration ceremony on Sunday.

The cost of this project is 300 billion rupees. The project was delayed for several years and caused many political controversies. But finally on Monday, this service was started for the common people.

This metro line has been built with the help of China. In recent years, Pakistan has taken a big loan, questions about which are increasing.

China has invested billions of dollars in Pakistan under its Belt and Road initiative, which aims to connect the economies of Asia, Africa and Europe with infrastructure projects.

A voice was also raised against this metro project. In fact, many were concerned that the project would damage some of Lahore's most popular sites, including the World Heritage Site, Shalimar Gardens. Protests were also held against the project.

More than 600 trees falling in the path of this metro line were also cut down.

At the opening, the Chinese Embassy Long Dingbin described the metro system as a milestone in the friendship between Pakistan and China.

He said, "I congratulate the Government of Punjab and the people of Pakistan on this occasion."

China's official news agency Xinhua described the Orange Line as "the beginning of a new phase for the South Asian country in the public transport sector".

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