Gadchiroli District will soon strengthen infrastructure and build 20 additional police stations as part of an anti-Naxal campaign by the Centre. The Maharashtra Home Department has sanctioned Rs 50 crore for the campaign and released a first instalment of Rs 5.62 crore on December 15.
The Centre has launched a Special Infrastructure Scheme that includes construction of 250 fortified police stations in left-wing extremism areas, of which 20 will be in Maharashtra. The state has been given Rs 2.5 crore for each police station under the scheme. The Centre contributes 60 per cent and the state the rest.
On December 15, the state government released funds of Rs 5.62 crore for Gadchiroli in the first phase. “The funds will be released in instalments to ensure that the works are completed as proposed and also monitored,” another Home Department official said.
The Centre’s Special Infrastructure Scheme envisages better infrastructure, road connectivity, skill development, education initiatives, chalking out a civic action programme to bridge the gaps between security forces and local people through personal interaction. It aims to bring the human face of SFs before the local population. In order to improve mobile connectivity in Naxal areas, the Centre approved installation of mobile towers, of which 2,335 have been installed in Phase-I and 4,072 will come up in the Phase II.