Lahore’s Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT), the city’s first urban rail system, will be converted to solar power in order to reduce its growing annual electricity consumption of more than Rs 1.9 billion.
There are several conceptual designs in the works to bring about a solar system for Metro Train while balancing their benefits and drawbacks. Instead of using conventional electrical equipment to power OLMT, the solar plant will turn on an input to output mechanism through WeLink.
After OLMT was put into operation, more than 20 million people had used it. With 90,000 train journeys spanning a total of 12 million kilometers and trip efficiencies of 99.9% and punctuality rates of 99.9%, it has attained advanced operating international standards. The Orange Line Metro Railway Project consists of a track that is over 27 kilometers long and 26 stations.
Since the Chinese contractor CR-NORINCO, a joint venture between China State Railway Group (CR) and China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO), handed over the train to PMAT in 2020, the Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMAT) has been running the OLMT, according to CEN.
Ozair Shah, general manager (operations) of PMAT, stated in an interview that electrifying OLMT with solar system is unavoidable because the cost of electricity per unit varies between Rs. 18 and Rs. 21, which makes it unfeasible to run the entirety of OLMT’s functions for an extended period of time.
Additionally, the efficiency of people’ trip was substantially increased, and the total journey time was lowered from 2.5 hours to only 45 minutes.
Additionally, the orange line’s operation contributes to the city’s green and sustainable growth by minimizing the usage of old cars, cutting gas emissions, reducing environmental pollution, and improving air quality.
To achieve zero emissions and zero pollutants, the Orange Line Metro is entirely powered by electricity. An estimated 30,000 tons of gas emissions from gasoline will be cut each year.