Minister: 100,000 homes in Romania have no gas, electricity

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BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's energy minister says there are more than 100,000 households in the country without electricity or gas or access to public transport.

Energy Minister Victor Grigorescu, speaking at a conference Thursday in Bucharest, called for more funding to improve infrastructure in Romania.

He says "we need to build infrastructure from zero in areas where there is none. We need to modify the existing infrastructure."

He also says Romania should think about the future and move away from relying on widespread natural gas heating and choose electric central heating. Romania has large supplies of its own natural gas.

Since communism ended in 1989, critics say Romania has invested too little in infrastructure such as good roads, a modern railway network and the Bucharest subway.