Provincial Transport Department has planned to introduce famous tram service of the British era in the provincial metropolis.
The project will be launched under public-private partnership (PPP) in a joint venture (JV) of two companies along with Punjab transport department.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Transport Department, a Chinese company, CRSC International and Inkon Group of Czech Republic.
Under the MoU, both companies will work together with the Lahore Transport Company for the betterment of the public transport sector in Lahore.
“After studying various routes of buses being operated under the LTC regulations in the city, the JV declared the Canal Road fit for launching the tram service in the first phase. However, it may also launch the service on other routes as well, including Jail Road, Mall Road and other major arteries of the city. The project will be launched under PPP mode and the tram service will run on a dedicated track to be laid along Canal Road. And it will run easily in the traffic”, Punjab transport secretary Asad Gilani told the local news reporters.
These trams will be operated through electricity and batteries whereas two tram depots will be set up at two points. The service life of the trams will be of 30 to 40 years.