The Union Home Secretary Shri LC Goyal reviewed the status of 15 critical bridges in the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected States in a meeting held here today with the Chief Secretaries of the State Governments and the Senior Officers of the concerned Union Ministries. During the meeting, pending works under the Road Requirement Plan Phase-I (RRP-1) & the issues relating to the proposed RRP-2 were also discussed. Shri Goyal asked them to take all possible steps to speed up the works within specific timelines.
The Government of India is committed to address the LWE problem by focusing on four-pronged strategy involving security related measures, developmental efforts, ensuring of rights and entitlements of forest dwellers and management of public perception.
The Home Secretary asked the representatives to speed up the completion of works while removing the bottlenecks as these 15 bridges are very important from the security as well as development angles and any delay is a cause of concern for the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Out of the above 15 bridges, one is in Andhra Pradesh, two in Chhattisgarh, four in Jharkhand, two in Maharashtra, five in Odisha and one in UP.