Naxals creating hurdles in growth, development in Jharkhand's Latehar District
Latehar District (Jharkhand), Feb.7 : Naxals are continuing to pose a threat to growth and development in Jharkhand, especially in the state's Latehar District, even as the government is paying special attention to planning, implementation and monitoring of development-linked schemes.
These include the construction of roads in Naxal-affected areas of the state. Similar complaints have surfaced from other parts of the country where Naxalism is rampant.
Improving connectivity is the prime objective of overall development, but this does not seem to be the case in Chandwa village of Latehar District.
Here, the government has sanctioned several tenders for the construction of a road to connect the village with rest of the state, but no contractor is willing to take up the project out of fear of being attacked by Naxals.
"This road connects Chandwa Village to Mccluskieganj town. It cannot be built because of the presence of Naxals in this area. That is why contractors hesitate to take up its construction. Villagers are facing many problems due to the bad condition of this road," said Kishan Mistari, a villager.
Despite knowing that people are facing problems of commuting from one place to other, the Naxals are opposed to the construction of the road, as they fear it will help in the movement of security forces.
"We rarely come here. This road, particularly from Hapraha to Chandwa, is in very bad condition. No vehicle can run on this road, and if any vehicle tries to do so, then the whole road gets blocked, making it difficult for others," claimed Hazrat Ansari, a resident.
Naxals are not only creating hurdles in the way of improving connectivity in the region, but also are destroying assets such as bridges and railways tracks, which have been constructed with the tax payer's money.
Such activities affect the overall economic well-being of the state.