The UPA Government is allocating Rs 1,000 crore for a complete overhaul of the road infrastructure network in the Naxal-infested areas of the country.
The Government has decided to execute these projects under the Engineering Procurement Contract (EPC) mode after realising that the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model was not delivering,owing to the reluctance of the private sector in executing the work due to the Naxal threat.
According to sources,the Ministry of Road Transport and Shipping has already got an assurance from the Planning Commission that nearly Rs 500 crore would be made available in the Vote-On-Account in the coming Parliament session to construct roads in these areas through the EPC mode.
This would take the allocation for the purpose to Rs 1,000 crore as nearly Rs 500 crore has already been made available for the purpose through the stimulus packages released by the Central Government.
The Government has stepped up its efforts to construct roads in Naxal-infested areas as lack of development is considered to be a major reason behind the rise in Naxal menace.
In matters of physical infrastructure like roads,school buildings,etc,the Naxalite movement has on certain occasions exerted pressure on the Government for improvement,but in many places they have themselves obstructed the laying of roads as it would increase police and paramilitary raids in the region,according to a report of the Planning Commission.
Sources said the Government is planning to execute these road projects under EPC mode as not many infrastructure developers have come forward to work under the PPP model. Hence,the state-run companies would be entrusted the task of executing the road projects in Chhattisgarh,Orissa,Bihar and Andhra Pradesh,said sources.