ISLAMABAD - Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid Sunday said that the Orange Line Metro Train was a project for the common people while those critcising it themselves were enjoying lavish vehicles.

Talking to a news channel, the minister said that the project would provide a respectable and standard means of transport to the common people.

"We all are availing facility of subsidized flour and therefore no one should raise objection over the subsidy being given to the poor people on transport."

The Information minister said the project was being criticised just for the sake of political gains and the critics would also take benefit of the facility after its completion.

He said the Punjab government was making efforts for the development and prosperity of the province and other provinces should also follow suit instead of criticism.

He said the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) was focussing to provide all the basic requirements to the common man, such as health, education, transport and infrastructure.

The minister said some Rs 27 billion would be spent for providing clean drinking water to the people of Punjab. Moreover, the provincial government had allocated 27 per cent of its total budget for education, which was higher than the previous ones.

Billion of rupees, he said, was being spent in the shape of stipends to students of government as well as private schools, while Rs 20 billion was earmarked for endowment fund.

Pervaiz Rashid said the Punjab government had hired 80,000 educators on merit through a transparent recruitment system.

He said hospitals were being established at different places in the province to provide health care facility to the people and Rawalpindi Cardiology Hospital was one of the examples.

Replying to a question, he said the Orange Line Metro Train project was not a part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but the provincial government had taken loan on soft terms for the project.

Replying to another question, he said the national heritage would be protected during the project.

He said the Motorway project was also questioned when it was launched but today one could understand its importance as GT Road was unable to cope with heavy traffic load.

Pervaiz said work over 'Greater Lahore Scheme' was also underway which was being monitored by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif.

He said the PML-N would continue to strive for serving the people under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.