Orange Line revised rates, discounts around the corner.

LAHORE -- The Punjab Masstransit Authority (PMA) is all set to issue fare discount cards to working women and students for travelling by the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train running at the 27km-long route from Dera Gujaran (Quaid-i-Azam Interchange) to Ali Town (Raiwind Road).

Since free travelling cards for the train travel have also been planned to be issued to senior citizens and the disabled persons, the distance-based fares recently approved by the Punjab cabinet are likely to be implemented within the next couple of days subject to issuance of the minutes of the cabinet meeting, Dawn has learnt.

'In the first phase, we will be introducing the distance-based fares for the Orange Line. Though keeping in view our arrangements completed a few days ago, we wanted to implement it from Nov 18 but we couldn't do so due to non-issuance of the minutes of the meeting on Thursday. However, we will implement it as soon as we receive the minutes that we are expecting in a day or two,' a senior official of the PMA told Dawn on Thursday.

As for the other initiatives to be introduced soon, he said the authority, in view of the approval accorded by the cabinet, was all set to introduce discounted fares and free travelling cards to some people using the Orange Line for travelling to various destinations frequently or off and on.

'In the phase-2, we will get the weekly and monthly discounted and free travelling cards prepared. And the cards will be issued to working women and students who will get 30pc discount in fares,' the official said, adding that the free travelling cards would be issued to senior citizens and disabled persons.

He said the people having no proof (job letter issued by the employers, student cards, CNIC proving the 60 years or above...

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