10 Dec The decision to run the orange train on electricity will cost 13 billion annually.
The most expensive and mega-project metro orange line train project in the provincial capital is launching today for the first time with electricity. Earlier, on May 16, 2018, the former Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also did a test run that was done from Islam Park station to Lakshmi Chowk, but that test was done with loco-powered locomotives running on diesel. It has been decided to run the train on electricity. Even after the train is fully functional, it will be operated only with electricity, which will carry the heavy burden on the state exchequer where the power allocated for the residents of the city will go to the orange train account.
54, 54 MW power will be provided to the powerhouses of UET Station and Multan Road Station. Thus, a total of 108 megawatts of electricity was demanded from Lesco by the Mass Transit Authority to operate the Metro Orange train, which has been completed by Lesco. LESCO will supply power to the Orange Line track without intermittent power at each power station through four circuits of 132 kV which will give the train 24 hours power supply.
However, the government treasury will have to bear a heavy burden with the use of 108 MW of electricity. According to the data, the orange train uses electricity according to its approved load, then 13 billion 30 million annually and Rs one billion 10 crores monthly should be paid in the bill. The Orange Line train will be leased by Lesco at a commercial rate of Rs 13 per unit. According to expert electronics, the 108 megawatts of power used by the Orange train is equivalent to more than 100,000 LESCO users. Chief Executive Lesko Mujahid Pervaiz Chatha says that Lesco has no shortage of electricity and even providing electricity to the train at 108 MW will not make any difference to the electricity provided to the people.