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By Newsgram staff writer

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government has entrusted the Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada metro rail projects to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Saturday.

Naidu made the announcement in Vijayawada after principal advisor of DMRC, E Sreedharan submitted the Detailed Project Reports (DPR’s) to him in the presence of Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

The metro project in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam is estimated to cost Rs 12,727 crore while the one in Vijayawada will cost Rs 6,769 crore. DMRC had been asked to complete both by December 2018, Naidu told reporters.

Venkaiah Naidu said Visakhapatnam metro would be developed on two corridors over a total length of 42.55 km.

The metro in Vijayawada is proposed to be developed on a 26.03 km corridor. The union minister said though Vijayawada does not meet the population criteria of 20 lakh for taking up the metro project, the central government had relaxed the rule.

He promised all help from the Centre for the completion of the metro projects which were being taken up as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

“We have decided to start work on Visakhapatnam metro. The ministry of urban development is studying Vijayawada metro project. We will finalise funding sources,” he said.

The union minister said since the low population of Guntur doesn’t make metro rail feasible, they were planning to have high-speed rail between Guntur and Vijayawada via Amaravati. DMRC has been asked to prepare the DPR for it.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Pakistan Tests its 1st Metro Train in Lahore Under CPEC

Pakistan on Wednesday made a test run of its first metro train service in Lahore, the capital of the country's eastern Punjab province, from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk on a 12-km portion of the total 27.1-km route.

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Pakistan on Wednesday made a test run of its first metro train service in Lahore, the capital of the country’s eastern Punjab province, from Dera Gujran to Lakshmi Chowk on a 12-km portion of the total 27.1-km route.

According to a statement from the Punjab government, Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab, inaugurated the test run of the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT), which has been tested once earlier.

“The OLMT is Pakistan’s first mass rapid transit train project launched by the Punjab government. It will prove to be a real game changer for the people of Lahore and Punjab, who will experience a comfortable, secure and economical travelling facility,” said the statement.

Pakistan on Wednesday made a test run of its first metro train service in Lahore.
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The test run was free of cost for travellers. The chief minister also took a tour of the train along with Chinese consular general in Lahore and senior officials of the Punjab government.

“The OLMT project will transform people’s lives. The project will become the basis of an interaction between different classes of society by creating a sense of equality and ownership in social terms,” said the chief minister.

A total of 27 sets of trains, each comprising five cars, will be used for the service in the project, a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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An energy-saving air-conditioning system suitable for the constant high summer temperature and unstable voltage in Lahore is the main trait of the train, said the officials, adding that the train has heat-resistant bogies, which will increase its durability.

The OLMT is the first of the three rail lines of the proposed Lahore Metro project that is expected to transport half a million people daily. The OLMT, with an operating speed of 80 km per hour, is expected to be used by up to 250,000 passengers a day at 26 stations. (IANS)