Road Requirement Plan-I scheme envisages construction of 5,422 km roads for LWE affected areas.
In an endeavour to bring development in every corner of Left Wing Extremist (LWE) affected areas, one of the major initiatives undertaken by the line ministries/departments has been the development of roads and bridges. Most of the LWE affected areas are covered with dense forests/hilly tracts and deprived from road and rail connectivity. Thus, improved road connectivity is one of the necessities for overall socio-economic development of these areas.
Under the Special Central Assistance (SCA), the government is looking to fill critical gaps in public infrastructure and services of emergent nature in the most LWE affected districts. This Scheme is for 3 years i.e. from 2017-18 to 2019-20 with an outlay of INR 3000 crore.
The Road Requirement Plan-I scheme envisages construction of 5,422 km roads for LWE affected areas, of which 4,809 km have been constructed, including 674 km in Bihar. Then there is also the Road Connectivity Project for LWE affected Areas. This scheme envisages construction of 5,412 km roads including 1050 km for Bihar.
The government’s various social and economic measures to further develop these naxal affected areas have had a positive long term impact. The number of Maoist-affected districts has reduced from 156 in 2005 to 90 in 2019. This is evidence enough that policy is on the right track and further measures to address the infrastructure challenges of the region will lead to more peace and prosperity in the coming years.