Friday, July 03, 2009

AP: Khammam cops plan 5 helipads

B Satyanarayana Reddy

First Published : 02 Jul 2009 03:41:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

KHAMMAM: The district police is actively considering construction of five helipads in the Naxal-affected forest areas, it is reliably learnt.

The helipads, to be constructed with funds from the Union Home Ministry, will facilitate faster movement of troops into the interior areas of Bhadrachalam, Kothagudem and Yellandu divisions of the district which share borders with three states - Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.

Three helipads will be built in Bhadrachalam division and two in Yellandu division, it is learnt.

According to informed sources, the Union Government has released Rs 6 crore after the district was identified as one of the 33 districts severely affected by Naxalism in the country.
The Union Government is understood to have chalked out a plan for socio-economic development of areas affected by Maoism. Police sources told Express that laying of internal roads in Agency areas will be given priority as this will help quick movement of troops.

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