Friday, June 06, 2008

Aim to develop rebel areas


Hope at hand?
Bokaro, June 5: Deputy commissioner of Bokaro Pravin Kumar Toppo feels that Naxalism prospers in underdeveloped areas. To curb the menace he has now decided to take action.

After being posted as the deputy commissioner of Bokaro for nearly 10 months, Toppo constituted a six-member committee that will advise the administration on the construction of new roads, electricity poles, health centres and water towers in the Naxalite-affected villages of Bokaro.

The committee members include Priya Dubey, the superintendent of police in Bokaro, Ravi Ranjan, the district forest officer, V.S. Sharma, the CRPF commandant and M.L. Sharma, the deputy development commissioner, besides the deputy commissioner himself.

Despite floating several tenders for the construction of an 18km roadway in the periphery of the Jhumra hills, none, including government agencies, turned up fearing retaliation from the rebels.

Though Rs 5 crore is lying unutilised in the fund for several years no one has dared to seek the contract after receiving warnings from extremists.

The committee has been asked to give its report within seven days so that construction of projects could be started soon.

While speaking to The Telegraph deputy commissioner Pravin Kumar Toppo said he is determined to start projects in Nawdih, Gomia, Petarwar, Bokaro thermal and the Kasmar blocks.

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