LAHORE - The Opposition in Punjab Assembly yesterday staged walkout from the house in protest against the Orange Line Metro Train, claiming the funds of different departments have been surrendered to feed the project besides damage to the national heritage assets.

The Friday’s session started under the chair of Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal with a delay of more than two and half hours beyond its schedule.

The opposition benches lead by PTI’s Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed staged walk out from the house, raising slogans “Orange Line Metro Train unacceptable”. The opposition, through its walk out, boycotted the house business.

Mehmoodur Rasheed claimed the provincial government has surrendered funds of different departments to complete the metro train project, and told the chair they would call off the walkout if Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah assured them for not involving the funds of other departments and no damage to the national heritage assets in the process of this project.

“Hundreds of residents living on the route of metro train suffered from financial losses and the government had served them with notice of vacating their premises but thankfully the Lahore High Court stayed the ill-conceived project,” said Rasheed in a fiery tone.

Even as the speaker proposed that a day should be fixed for debate on the train project, the opposition staged walkout from the house raising slogans against the Orange Line. “The treasury should have held debate on the issue before starting the project.

“The conduct of the ruling party shows that they don’t believe in practicing democracy and took the opposition into confidence only after kick-starting the unwise projects,” said the Opp leader.

He further said that the opposition will stage a massive protest against the Orange Line on February 02 at The Mall which will be participated by all segments of the society including the victims of the project.

“The government has surrendered the funds from the heads of education, health, agriculture, projects of cleaning drinking water and even the funds fixed for graveyards development are involved for the metro train,” the PTI leader maintained.

He demanded of the government to change the route of the Orange Line, saying it must be underground.

The house laid several amendment ordinances including the Punjab Local Government (Second Amendment) Ordinance 2016, Prohibition of Child Labour at Bricks Kilns Ordinance 2016, Economic Research Institute (Amendment) Ordinance 2016, Vigilance Committees Ordinance 2016 and Punjab Forest (Amendment) Ordinance 2016.