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Road Minister Baalu faces heat in Lok Sabha

The minister finds himself in a tight spot with members complaining about lack of ambulances, cranes and other facilities on national highways that witness frequent accidents.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2008 13:36 IST

Road Transport Minister TR Baalu on Wednesday found himself in a tight spot in the Lok Sabha with many members complaining about lack of ambulances, cranes and other facilities on national highways that witness frequent accidents.

Baalu's assertion that his ministry has gone the extra mile to provide such facilities to various states failed to cut ice with the members who found support from Speaker Somnath Chatterjee too.

"The minister should feel the sense of the House. There is a feeling that there are no adequate measures taken in this regard," Chatterjee said as members chanted "No, No" in unison to Baalu's reply.

Among the members dissatisfied with the reply were Chaudhary Lal Singh (Udhampur), Ganesh Singh (Satna), Iliyas Azmi (Shahbad) and Brajesh Pathak (Unnao).

The Speaker said "every member has complaints on highways passing through their constituency."

The minister's assurance to the House that the delay in construction of highways would be looked into also found no takers.

The Speaker said he has conveyed to the minister on behalf of the House that the facilities on highways are unsatisfactory.

Baalu said that the increase in population and the number of vehicles on the roads has put pressure on the road network of the country.

The minister said the country's population in 1950-51 was 36 crore which has grown to 111 crore now. The number of vehicles in 1950-51 were three lakh which had increased to 879 lakh in 2006.