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Naxal threat stalls road construction in Bihar

On the eve of a meeting of all chief ministers on the issue of internal security, and in the backdrop of the daring jailbreak by Naxals in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, comes a damning report by the Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON) over the many road projects in Bihar being abandoned due to the threat by Naxals.  The report submitted to the rural development ministry looks at the projects under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), up to Novermber 30 this year. Under PMGSY, Bihar has a target to connect 9,600 villages.  This involves a road length of 27,000 km. ...