Patna, (Bihar Times): Those who believe in the
philosophy of first destruction, then construction
once again seem to have the last laugh in rural Bihar.
Maoists have put a stop on road construction works in
many parts of Bihar’s interior. Contractors engaged in
several projects have abandoned work fearing for their
lives. But then this is not a new phenomenon. In the
decade of 1980s and 1990s many government works could
not be completed because of the Maoist menace. Not
only that at places they even blew up roads and
bridges as they think that good communication network
only facilitate the police to enter their hideouts.
The only difference now is that while in the past
their terror was confined to the then central Bihar
now it has spread to other parts of the state too.
According to reports no work is going on in over a
dozen road construction projects in Gaya district,
including those in Imamganj, the constituency of state
Speaker Uday Narayan Choudhary. Incidentally,
Choudhary was earlier himself considered to be close
to the Maoists.
It needs to be recalled that some weeks back Maoists
demanded Rs 220 million from the Hyderabad-based
company Engineering and Construction Inc. (ECI), which
is constructing roads in Rohtas district.
But apart from Maoists there are several gangs––a
couple of them led by ruling Janata Dal (United)
MLAs––who extort money from various engineering firms
engaged in the construction work.