Govt nod for creation of BRO-type agency for Naxal-hit states
New Delhi: The government has approved in
principle the creation of an agency similar to the Border
Roads Organisation (BRO) for developing road infrastructure in
The proposal for setting up the agency was accepted "in
principle" by the Government and it is looking for partners to
start the work in the left wing extremism-affected states such
as Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh,
highly-placed Home Ministry sources told PTI here.
BRO is an organisation under the Defence Ministry tasked
to build roads in the border areas for allowing swift movement
of men and machinery there.
The Government has also asked infrastructure companies to
build roads in these areas and assured to provide them
security but no one has yet come forward, they added.
Earlier, the task of constructing a few of the roads in
Naxal-affected areas was also entrusted to the BRO only but
the Government later decided to pull it out from there to
concentrate on building infrastructure along the borders.
The BRO was asked to move out of the National Highway-16
project codenamed `Project Hirak` to build 116 kms of road in
the Naxal-hit areas of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and
The Government is implementing an ambitious development
scheme for 35 worst Naxal-affected districts in Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra and Andhra
Pradesh. According to an estimate, about 40,000 sq km areas in
Naxal-affected states are under the control of Maoists.
Naxal violence has claimed the lives of over 10,000
civilians and security personnel in the last five years.
Out of a total of 10,268 casualties between 2005 and
May 2010, 2,372 deaths have been reported in 2009 as against
1,769 in 2008 and 1,737 in 2007.
Besides, Naxals targeted 362 telephone towers, many
school buildings, roads and culverts in 2009 alone.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Trump-Sharif conversation: Team Donald denies Pakistan's claims
- Hizbul commander Musa issues threats of attacks in new video
- 'Heart of Asia' Conference begins in Amritsar; Sartaj Aziz to pay a visit on Sunday
- Panel discussion over Mamata Banerjee's false allegations on Indian Army for political gains
- Watch - Parrikar's reply to Mamata's military coup claim
- Gujarat businessman declares highest ever black money amount – Rs 13,000 crore!
- Army proves Mamata Banerjee wrong, releases letter showing West Bengal govt knew of exercise
- Rs 4.7 crore cash in Rs 2000 notes! Biggest seizure in new currency post demonetisation - What I-T recovered from Bengaluru, Chennai and Erode
- Manohar Parrikar exposes Mamata's attempt to politicise routine Army exercise in Kolkata
- Scam? 'Aam Aadmi Party using Delhi Transport Corporation to exchange Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes'