Finally, Attegatta-Bhejji road in Sukma ready after facing severe Naxal bolts

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Sep 2017 10:30:54


The Hitavada State Bureau,


Construction of 13-kms long concrete road from Attegatta to Bhejji has been completed.
After the completion of road work the District and Police Administration have heaved a sigh of relief as there was lot of opposition for the construction of road from the Maoist and the administration was faced with many challenges. But despite the challenges the administration was adamant for the construction of the road.

To prevent the construction of road the Maoists had planted about 85 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) of which two triggered blast in the past. The D-Mining party of the security forces recovered 82 live IED’s and defused them.
On March 11, about one and half kms away from Bhejji Police Station and Security Camp the naxalities had attacked the road opening party of CRPF in which 12 personnel were martyred.

During the construction of the road 13 security personnel were martyred in different Naxal violence. In August, the Naxalities have even put to flame the vehicles engaged in road construction. The road was completed at a cost of Rs 26 crore.

According to sources, the construction of the road from Attegatta to Bhejji could have been completed in May, had the naxal violence’s not happened. On 11th March in Bhejji and on 24th April in Burkaapal two major naxal incidences had occurred. In less than 45 days, maoists unleashed two major incidences of violence in which 37 security personnel were martyred. After the incident the CRPF withdrew its personnel from road protection to focus on naxal operation. After these incidences the road work was delayed.

It may be mentioned that for the construction of 20-km long road the tender was floated in 2015. From Km 1 to 7, the responsibility of construction was with PWD, from Km 8 to 20, the construction of 13-km long stretch of road was with Police Housing Corporation. The PWD allotted the construction of road from Km 1 to 4, to M/S R P Products Pvt Limited Hydrabad, while from Km 5 to 7, the work was entrusted to M/S Raghav Construction, Telengana in March and April 2015 respectively. The Police Housing Corporation issued the work order in December 2015. In 21 months time 13-km long stretch was completed. Meanwhile questions were raised about the quality of construction of roads from Km 1 to 7, undertaken through PWD while the administration is satisfied with the construction undertaken by Police Housing Corporation.

After the Salwa Judum campaign in 2006, the villagers residing in the temporary camps in Konta, Banda, Injram and Errabore wanted to return to their villages but the road from Injram to Bhejji village was in very deplorable state. The culverts were demolished and villagers had a fear of naxal violence. Under these circumstances the administration assured the villagers of safety and other facilities including construction of the road. After Injram the security forces opened three more camps in Attegatta, Gorkha and Injram.

In February 2016, 59 families residing in the camp returned to their villages. Even the Chief Minister during his visit to Bhejji had assured the villagers, speedy construction of roads and other facilities. Superintendent of Police, Abhishek Meena said that after the Monsoon under construction LWE and PMGSY roads will be expedited. The Sukma-Kota NH-30 and Dornapal-Jagargunda underconstruction roads will be completed on priority. He said that for the elimination of Naxalism the development of roads is a must. With the construction of roads many Welfare and Development Schemes of the Government can reach the villagers easily