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Lahore: Rapid Mass Transit System (LRMTS)

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LAHORE: The city government has decided to buy 12.5 acres in Shahdara and 37.5 acres in Kahna to set up a workshop-cum-depot for the Lahore Rapid Mass Transit System (LRMTS).

Separately, the Planning and Development (P&D) Department has called a meeting of the Transport Department, Communication and Works (C&W) Department and city government officials on September 30 to review progress on LRMTS and the Lahore Ring Road (LRR) and to remove technical objections over starting both projects.

Officials told Daily Times on Wednesday that although acquiring the two pieces of land in north and south of city was a major breakthrough with regard to the LRMTS project, it would be tough for authorities to start another project while LRR was being worked on.

However, officials said, the September 30 meeting was called because the chief minister had empowered the P&D Department to resolve technical objections brought up in the designs of LRMTS and LRR. The C&W Department is in charge of LRR while the Transport Department is in charge of LRMTS.

Officials also said LRMTS’ design had been approved and out of the total 26 kilometres, 16 kilometres were elevated while the rest was underground. They said investors had expressed reservations over funding for the project because of its revised cost of $2.4 billion. However, they said, government authorities had forwarded the approved LRMTS design to several international monitory institutions including the World Bank for funding.

About LRMTS’ design, officials said the elevated part of Green Line would start from Shahdara, pass through Ravi Road, Hazrat Data Gunj Buksh shrine, Lower Mall, Mall Road, Queens Road and Ferozepur Road near Kalma Chowk from where it would go underground, pass through Model Town I and II, General Hospital and conclude at Kahna.

Officials said the design proposed 19 stops on Green Line including Shahdara, Timber Market, Bhaati Gate, Lahore Museum, Regal Chowk, Ganga Ram Hospital, Mozang Chungi, Ichhra, Wahdat Road, Qaddafi Stadium, Kalma Chowk, Model Town I, Model Town II and Kahna.

They said train stops on the elevated line would be designed like overhead bridges, while four-row stations would be designed for the underground line. Officials said the London and New Delhi underground systems were being reviewed and studied for LRMTS.

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I wonder if this is the monorail plan.

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My views after reading some analysis on mass transit done by some professionals are that this mass transit project will not we helpful in improving the traffic n tranportation problems of Lahore. I will paste that article sooner in the "technical section" and then we can put up the debate of its feasibility.

Well in the meantime i would like UP to collect data on NYK mass transit system and of other cities in USA so that we can see this issue in a wider perspective!

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LRMTS project is now under Planning & Development department which means work is going on this project.

Here is a link for some information on LRMTS (pdf file)

http://www.pndpunjab.../File/LRMTS.pdf

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The track in red is going to be underground from Data Darbar til Model Town North

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LRMTS to dicuss reservations today

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LAHORE: The Punjab Transport Department will hold a meeting with the stakeholders of the Lahore Rapid Mass Transit System (LRMTS) to listen to their reservations and decide payment of compensation to the affectees in the committee room of Transport House on Tuesday (today).

The department published a public notice in a local newspaper on Friday, whereby all government and non-government departments and individuals whose property, settlements and machinery/equipment fall on the proposed route of LRMTS must contact the Transport secretary immediately to settle the affairs of their property acquirement. Otherwise, no concession will be granted to them in case of any intentional or unintentional action initiated for the project. It has been mentioned in the notice that the Punjab government to improve intra-city travelling facilities in the City is going to start construction work in the first phase of LRMTS from Shahdara Town to Khairabad Distributory (27.5 km) via Shahdara Town, Timber Market, Badshahi Mosque, Data Darbar, Jinnah Hall, Regal Chowk, Fatima Jinnah Road, Qurtaba Chowk, Shama Chowk, Ichhra, Canal, Garden Town, Kalma Chowk Interchange, Model Town North, Model Town South, Walton Road, Ghazi Abad, Wapda Colony, Nishtar Colony, Shadab colony and Hamza Town.

The Transport Department officials told The Post that almost 50 individuals and departments had contacted the secretary office till now and the secretary had decided to hold a meeting with them in order to brief them about the project.

They said that their reservations would be discussed and they would be informed about the price of their land fixed by the district officer revenue.

A number of important government and private buildings in various localities are in real danger of being acquired for LRMTS. According to the transport department sources, the department needs acquisition of land for the establishment of two depots in Shahdara and in Hamza Town and land in different locations of the LRMTS route to set up 22 stations. The CDG has already been asked to acquire 450 kanals of land in various places. A piece of 300 kanals of land is needed to build the south depot in Hamza Town while 100 kanal are required for the north depot in Shahdara town. Another 50 kanals are required to establish 22 stations in various points. In this process of land acquisition, many government offices and educational institutions’ buildings and private shops and commercial plazas will be acquired to initiate the project.

Sources said that the LRMTS will carry about 40 percent of the city’s transport load once its four rail transit lines became functional. Officials from the Punjab Transport Department said the city’s road infrastructure was bore a load of about 4 million journeys (a journey is equal to a citizen travelling four times daily).

They said that the government was keen to hold the ground-breaking ceremony in July next, adding that the matter of land acquisition would be settled before the next budget.

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Lahore Rapid Mass Transit System to be introduced soon

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LAHORE (June 29 2007): The Punjab Transport Department will introduce Lahore Rapid Mass Transit System (LRMTS) to provide international standard intra-city travelling facilities to the passengers of the metropolis with the cost of 2.4 billion dollars.

This mega project will be completed till 2020 and its first green track will be accomplished till 2012.The green track will stretch over 27-killometer track. This was stated by Chairman Planning and Development Suleman Ghani while talking to media men after addressing a seminar regarding the Lahore Rapid Mass Transport System, held here at a local hotel on Thursday. He said that the completion of the green track is the first and foremost priority of the Punjab government and after its accomplishment, better, fast and safe travelling facilities would be available for the common people.

He further said that Lahore was the second largest urban centre in Pakistan. In mid 2006 government estimates put the population at around 9 million people which places Lahore in the top 30 of the world's largest cities, he added. The population is growing rapidly and 30 percent of the workforce is employed in construction and car ownership is rising at 10-15 percent per annum, he pointed out.

He said that there are currently some 13.5 million daily commuters using various modes of transport. The public transport system of Lahore has not kept pace with the growing number of travellers, with the result that private car travelling is outstripping the highway network capacity and congestion is increasing on every passing day.

Consequently, attention is now focused on developing high quality; rail based rapid mass transit solutions for the city, he maintained.

The Regional Director and transport consultant Mazhar Iqbal while talking to Business Recorder said that after the completion of this project more than 200,000 people would travel daily through green track which would start from Humza Town to Shahdra Town and total route would be 27 km, he maintained.

Chairman P&D Suleman Ghani talking to this scribe said that according to feasibility report, the project had to be completed by 2012 but "we are trying our best to complete it in 2011, because the World Cup would be held in 2012 and before this we have to complete it," he observed.

The Secretary Transport Agha Nadeem, head of Provincial Transport Authority Khalid Mehmood Mehla and Regional Transport Secretary Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal and representatives of the various transport related departments and foreign consultants from various countries are also participating in the seminar.

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LRMT fares for 2011 — Kahna to Shahdara Rs 140?
* Bus fares from Kahna to Shahdara in 2011 expected at Rs 30

By Mansab Dogar

LAHORE: Passengers of the Lahore Rapid Mass Transit (LRMT) would be charged Rs 125 to Rs 140 to travel from one end to the other of the 27 kilometre-long transport system.

Sources associated with the project told Daily Times on Thursday that this one-side fare had been calculated after taking into account the rendered $2.5 billion cost of the project, which is expected to be completed by 2011. Sources said that to pay back the loan likely to be incurred on the LRMT project, the government would have to charge high fares from the passengers. Currently, the public transport fare from Kahna to Shahdara is between Rs 20 to 25. By 2011, it would rise between Rs 25 and Rs 30. They said that to charge a passenger of the LRMT Rs 30 for a one-side visit, the government would have to give a subsidy of at least Rs 100 per person, which was not possible for the government. Sources said that under the previous arrangement, according to which the project was to be carried out on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis with financial assistance of the Japanese Government in the shape of a soft loan, repayable over a period of 40 years, the project cost had been estimated at $500 million.

Sources said that with this estimate, the fare from one end to the other had been calculated at Rs 21 per person. They said that the project cost had now been revised and increased and the government had taken loans instead of soft loans under the BOT arrangement. Therefore, the fares too would now be increased and there was no possibility that per-visit fare would remain below Rs 125, sources told Daily Times. They said that considering these fares, the project would have to face severe criticism and force the government to take more loans for its maintenance.

Sources said that with the current pace of work on the project, it would be very difficult to complete it by 2011. They added that if the government extended the project beyond 2011, which it would have to, the cost would go up further, forcing the government to raise the fares more. The LRMT project was prepared in 1996 during the regime of Benazir Bhutto by the Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA). The Japanese government, after approval from its cabinet, had agreed to finance the project on BOT basis. Now the government has planned to LRMT through soliciting loans from different sources.

Transport Secretary Agha Nadeem told Daily Times that the government had proposed the fare from one end to the other of the LRMT between Rs 10 and 22. Asked that this fare was proposed under the previous arrangement and the project cost had now quadrupled, he said, “Ask the people objecting to its viability to run it”. He said that currently, the Punjab government was funding the project itself. Asked that the Transport Department did not have engineers for such a huge public project requiring professional expertise of the highest order, he said that recently, the department had hired seven consultants for the project. He said that pilot project would be launched by 2011.

The provincial government had earmarked Rs 640 million for the second phase in its 2007-08 budget, following successful completion of the project’s first phase in March 2007. Various studies had been conducting in the first phase of the project and the second stage would include its designing and the setting up of its workshops and depots. The government has also planned to construct the base station at this stage of the project.

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LRMT okayed, foundation stone to be laid in September

LAHORE: Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi said on Monday that the Lahore Rapid Mass Transit (LRMT) project had been approved and its foundation stone would be laid in September 2007.

Presiding over a meeting held to review work on LRMT at CM’s Secretariat, Elahi said the green line and orange line – costing $2.4 billion and $1.9 billion respectively – would be constructed in the first phase.

He said the Asian Development Bank would cooperate in the construction of the system. He said the project would not only resolve traffic problems, millions of people would be provided comfortable, low-rate, safe and rapid transport facilities of international standards. He said a separate autonomous body would be formed for the speedy implementation of the project.

He said the project would help promote tourism, speed up the process of social development and improve the standard of living of the people. It would also improve the environment, he added.

He said the project would help provide standardised transport facilities to speed up economic development as well as generate jobs, which would result in poverty alleviation. He said the project would improve Lahore’s image and beauty and highlight its history, culture and tradition. He said the green line and orange line would be completed by 2011 and 2015 respectively. He said the reference design of the orange line had also been approved.

Green line: The green line will include Shahdara, Hamza Town (via Ravi Road), Lower Mall, The Mall, Fatima Jinnah Road, Qartaba Chowk and Ferozepur Road.

Orange line: The orange line will include Pakistan Mint, Sabzazar (via Shahnoor), Awan Town, Hinjarwal, Niaz Beg, Canal View, Wahdat Road, Ali Town, Salahuddin Road, Bund Road, Islam Park, Dera Gujjran, Depot, Mahmood Booti, Salamatpura, Samanabad, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Chauburji, Lake Road, Lakshmi Chowk, Railway Station, Sultanpura, UET, Baghbanpura and Shalimar Gardens.

The chief minister said a 24-km-long blue line and 19-km-long purple line would be constructed in the second phase. He said the blue line would include Model Town and Gulberg, while the purple line would include Allama Iqbal Town, Cantonment and areas around the airport. He said the central interchange station of the green and orange lines would be established besides linking these lines at Ring Road, Railway Station, the airport and sports city.

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Let's hope it goes through this time...

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so any idea of this project...any updates...has it gone through...i heard about this on PTV about a year or so ago...but have heard nothing about it since then....i rememeber them saying it is a 65 billion rupee project....so any updates on this??....

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so any idea of this project...any updates...has it gone through...i heard about this on PTV about a year or so ago...but have heard nothing about it since then....i rememeber them saying it is a 65 billion rupee project....so any updates on this??....

LRMT okayed, foundation stone to be laid in September

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LRMT okayed, foundation stone to be laid in September



so how long is going to take...i think i heard 5 years for the first phase (correct me if i m wrong)...so this transit system going to be underground and above rite?...well i hope it starts soon as possible because the city needs it badly... :PakistanFlag:

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Last month there have been several news items about the Lahore Rapid Mass Transit (LRMT) Rail project. We have tried to gather key information from many of these news items and will present it in the following as one concise post on the topic.

The proposed rail service is the main part of the Lahore Mass Transit System (LRMTS). Other components of this project include the now under construction Lahore Ring Road Project.

The LRMT is a Two-phase, 97 kilometes long project. A Hong Kong based company called MVA Asia Consultancy was hired the government of Punjab as consultants to prepare the project feasibility. The study of MVA Asia Consultancy completed 5% of project design and proposed four Rail lines in the city to share the traffic burden. The proposed capacity of LRMT is going to be able to move 35000 passengers per hour in the city. Funding for the project will be provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).


PHASE I:
In Phase-I two tracks will be constructed. One will be a North-South route called the Green Line and other will be a East-West route called the Orange Line.

Green Line:

Green Line is going to cost US $2.4 billion to construct.

The Green Line would extend from Shahdara to Hamza Town via Ravi Road, Lower Mall, Mall Road, Fatima Jinnah Road, Qartaba Chowk and Ferozepur Road areas.

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The length of Green Line is going to be 27 km. 11.6 km long Green Line route would be underground, while 15.4 km long would be overhead.

There will be 12 underground and 10 overhead stations built on the Green Line route.

The completion dates of ‘Green Line’ is in 2011. Initially the project was supposed to finish in 2012 but due to Cricket World Cup od 2012 wher Lahore will be hosting few matches, the Green Line completion date has been pulled in to 2011. Initial estimates are that 227,000 people annually would benefit from the Green line.

In March 2007, Punjab Government invited Dr E. Sreedharan who is the managing director of successfully operating Delhi Metro Rail. After studying the project details Dr Sreedharan has declared Green Line Project as a viable one. He has inspected the first priority line’s route from Shahdara to Hamza Town. In his view, the implementation of the Green Line project (Phase I) would face no major technical difficulty because the soil condition en route was good and roads were wide, having room for underground construction without creating any serious inconvenience to the city.

Orange Line:

Orange Line is going to cost US $1.9 billion.

Its route would extend from Pakistan Mint to Sabzazar via Shahnur, Awan Town, Hinjarwal, Niaz Beg, Canal View, Wahdat Road, Ali Town, Salahuddin Road, Bund Road, Islam Park, Dera Gujjran Depot, Mahmood Booti, Salamatpura, Samanabad, Gulshan Ravi, Chauburji, Lake Road, Lakshami Chowk, Railway Station, Sultanpura, UET, Baghbanpura and Shalimar Garden areas.

The length of Orange Line would also be 27-km out of which, 6.9 km long tracks would be underground, while 20.2 km-long would be overhead upon which six underground and 20 overhead stations would be established.

The central interchange station of Green and Orange lines would also be established besides linking these lines at Ring Road, railway station, airport, and Sports City.

The completion dates of ‘Orange Line’ is in 2015. Initial estimates are that 245,000 people annually would benefit from the Orange Train.

PHASE II:

The completion year for phase II is 2020.

In Phase-II, two more tracks will be laid out. These routes will be called Blue Line and Purple Line.

Blue Line:

The route length of blue line is going to be 24 km. The ‘Blue Line’ will start from Chauburji and end at College Road, sources said, adding that from Chauburji the line would pass through Mozang Chungi, Shadman Chowk, Jail Road, Mian Boulevard Gulberg, Mian Boulevard Garden Town, Faisal Town and end at College Road.

Purple Line:

The route length of Purple line is going to be 19 km. Purple line would start from Bhaati Chowk and end at Allama Iqbal International Airport. The line would pass through Bhaati Chowk, Brandreth Road, Railway Station, Allama Iqbal Road, Dharampura, Ghazi Road and end at Allama Iqbal International Airport

The Train Capacity:

One unit of air-conditioned train will have the seating capacity of 500 passengers.

Stations:

Train stations on the elevated route would be designed like overhead bridges while train stations on the underground route would have two entranceways and two exits.

Environmental Concerns?

Just like with every Mega project, voices of dissent have started appearing for the project where people have shown concern for environment and noise levels of elevated trains. Dawn’s editorial on Jult 12, 2007 covers these voices very concisely and I’ll quite the editorial here:

The first two lines will cost $3.3 billion. In real terms, the cost of the project is yet to be worked out. Surely, notes of dissent are expected to start pouring in. The economists are going to question the heavy debt the project will incur for the government and the citizens, while the opposition politicians are most definitely going to give their own colour to these lines and the sabza group may soon be out to enumerate the effects of this development on Lahore’s environment. Some of these points may be very valid and should elicit a thoughtful response from the government. There can be no moving ahead without this exercise. The sooner this essential exercise is carried out the better it would be for everyone.

Noise: I couldn’t find the details on expected noise levels around elevated portions of the track but noise is definitely going to travel far and away if sound barriers are not constructed around the tracks. More than normal decibels of noise are already witnessed around Pakistan Railway’s elevated track which runs from Lahore Station to Badami Bagh.

Previous Light Rail Studies or Projects:

The current project is definitely not the first attempt to build a rail based mass transit for Lahore. In 1991 during Nawaz Sharif’s termas prime minister, the feasibility of a light rail transit system was determined by Japanese development organisation (JICA). It had proposed a 13 kilometre long system. The study was reviewed and updated as part of the World Bank funded “Lahore traffic and transport studies” in 1993.

The system’s cost was estimated at about US $400 million, but with better network coverage. In 1995 Japan proposed financing the original scheme with grants and loans of about US $495 million, but the project could not be implemented due to many reasons.

Fares: Back in July 2007, it was reported in Daily Times that Passengers of the Lahore Rapid Mass Transit (LRMT) would be charged Rs 125 to Rs 140 to travel from one end to the other of the 27 kilometre-long Green Line.

“Sources associated with the project told Daily Times on Thursday that this (Rs 125-Rs 140) one-side fare had been calculated after taking into account the rendered $2.5 billion cost of the project, which is expected to be completed by 2011. Sources said that to pay back the loan likely to be incurred on the LRMT project, the government would have to charge high fares from the passengers. Currently, the public transport fare from Kahna to Shahdara is between Rs 20 to 25. By 2011, it would rise between Rs 25 and Rs 30. They said that to charge a passenger of the LRMT Rs 30 for a one-side visit, the government would have to give a subsidy of at least Rs 100 per person, which was not possible for the government.

While Rs 140 one way fare indeed looks ridiculous right now, passengers may end up paying much more than road transport. The benefiit however will be ease of travel, no traffic jams and hopefully a strict adherence to time table.



Hope: Many years ago I took a course in Engineering Economics. I still remember one sentence from my text book. It read as:

“All mega projects should be built as soon as possible after their design is done and funding is secured otherwise opposition to the project grows on POLITICAL basis.”

When we look around the mega projects of Pakistan, it appears so true. If big projecs are not started quickly they never will because somebody will always find a reason to do politics on the issue. In the end we sincerely hope the project sees the light of the day and does not end like the one in works for Karachi (called KMTP/KCR) for the past 33 years. Lets all hope for the best and we will continue to add updates on this project in the comments section below.

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so this project is becoming a reality...Lahore seriously needs it...

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Currently at different locations of the phase 1 track, there a geo-technical survery going on inwhich the teams are boring deep into the earth to check soil strenght and cater other issues!

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ADB to also fund mass transit second line

LAHORE, Sept 9: The Asian Development Bank has reportedly agreed to also fund the estimated $2 billion second line of the Lahore Rapid Mass Transit System Network covering 26.6km from Thoker Niaz Beg to Mehmood Booti via Multan Road.

“The bank has conveyed to also fund the second line of the rail service which we are planning on the pattern of a similar facility in New Delhi. It (ADB) has already committed to fund the main line form Shahdara to Ferozepur Road’s Hamza Town costing an estimated $2.5 billion,” official sources informed Dawn here on Sunday.

They said the loan would be advanced on easy terms in view of the viability and importance of the project.

They also said spadework for the first main line was near completion and the process of acquisition of land for it would be started in a week or two. As a result, the work on the construction of the depot (main station) would be started by the end of this month or early next month, they added.

They said the geo-technical investigations had also been started on this main line and tests were being conducted at four places near Shahdara and other parts of the city to be covered by the route.

The first line will cover 27km area from Shahdara to Hamza Chowk via Ravi Road, Bhatti Chowk, Lower Mall, The Mall, Queen’s Road, Mozang Chungi and Ferozepur Road. It will have 15.4km elevated and 11.6km underground railway line. There will be 10 elevated and 12 underground stations.

The second line will cover 26.6km area from Thoker Niaz Beg to Mehmood Booti near Pakistan Mint via Multan Road, Chauburji, Lake Road, Lakshmi Chowk, Railway Station, GT Road and Shalamar Gardens. It will have 21.5km elevated and 5.1 underground railway line. There will be 20 elevated and six underground stations.

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this is sweeet....hey i know this is in the wrong thread...but is there any other city in Pakistan that is having a metro system...i.e Karachi, Islamabad, i heard while back about Faislabad?...

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dont know, I am hearing about this since i was in college. nothing come to reality at the pace they are working. But I hope if the project get started by foreign company, it will be completed sooner or later with usual hitches.





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