Blasting chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for his abdication of responsibility to curb road accidents that had turned state highways into killer roads, People’s Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Thursday said this was not only shocking but also reflected inhuman attitude of the rulers towards the precious lives of the people. CM should quit in case he was unable to perform, he said.
“After his statement that ‘What can we do when there is so much increase in traffic’, CM has no right to remain in office even for a minute. What is the government for if it can’t take steps to regulate traffic to save precious lives? Are these people in government only to fill their own coffers? Perhaps no chief minister ever has so brazenly and publicly abandoned the responsibility that has been entrusted to him by the people,” he added.
He said increasing number of vehicles on the roads was the sign of prosperity and it was for the government to take steps accordingly. It was the job of the government to anticipate what the situation was likely to be after 20 or 30 years and plan the network accordingly. By expressing his helplessness, he had only manifested his failure to govern once again.
He reminded CM that speed of traffic on Ambala-Delhi stretch of the GT Road in Haryana was well regulated with speed limit being strictly observed but that was not the case with the highways in Punjab. He referred to a report appearing earlier this week about the police having put up a naka and a speed radar on a highway. The bus travelling at a speed of 97 km that came on the radar was that of the Badal family. He said the travelling time of the Mercedes buses between Mohali and Amritsar was less than four hours and these included luxury buses of the Badal family which also violate the instructions against the use of pressure horns. However, the authorities were helpless in challaning such buses.
He said in case the state roads had become congested, the state government should have planned in advance. One can’t understand if an exclusive road can be constructed for connecting Pallanpur resort of the Badals with the main road, why the same efficiency could not be shown in case of other roads. He asked CM as to how come that instead of giving priority to four laning of Kharar-Phagwara road, such roads were being constructed in non-priority areas where the properties of the ruling family were located.