Naxal activities have led to underdevelopment of rural areas in Chatra

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 01, 2012 14:09 hrs

Connectivity is of great importance for villagers across Jharkhand. People need roads, bridges and railways to get access to towns and cities.

But Naxals are opposed to this as they fear this will benefit security forces.

In Chatra District, several villages of Pratappur and Kunda blocks are surrounded by rivers. They urgently need bridges and roads. The government has issued tenders several times, but the contractors stay away as they fear Naxal attacks.

"This is a Naxal-hit area and because of Naxal threats the contractors are afraid to take up the projects. This is why the bridges cannot be built," said Mohammad Meraj Qureshi.

Chatra district, once the stronghold of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC), is now the playground of about dozen splinter Naxal groups like the TPC, JLT, JPC and MPM.

They are opposed to any development of the area, especially the building of roads and bridges.

"Due to the lack of a bridge, people face many problems. We cannot cross the river. Patients often die here area as there is no way to get them quickly to a hospital," said Maglanand Sharma, a local resident.

Over the years, Naxals have been hampering development work in the rural areas by threatening people and by extorting money from contractors. (ANI)

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