Bijapur: Deep in the heart of Naxal-hot-bed Bijapur now the development of new roads is bringing a ray of hope to remote tribal regions in the district where Maoists hold sway.
Bijapur Collector Ritesh Agarwal said “The Tribal people have little, and sometimes no access to basic amenities. The new road brings a beacon of light to this sparsely populated region it brings tractors to irrigate impoverished fields, trucks, and three-wheelers to take the people and goods to market and auto rikshaws to take the children to school whenever it would open. Earlier the Naxalites completely damaged the Basaguda-Tarrem road, and the traffic on this road came to a halt. But now, the Basaguda-Tarrem road is complete amidst tight checks by the security forces”.
Collector Ritesh Agarwal stated“During the construction, the Naxalites tried to harm the soldiers many times. Despite this, this road manifests the vigour and vigilance of the security forces personnel. After construction, the district administration is making all efforts to provide basic facilities like education, health, ration of the public distribution system, drinking water, and electricity in the area”.
“During the 80s, in undivided Madhya Pradesh, buses ran on the route from Bijapur via Basaguda-Jagargunda to Dornapal, and the market of Basaguda and Jagrgunda was humming. Later, due to the Red Terror, the buses stopped, and the Naxalites cut off the route. At the same time, the bridge and culvert got damaged. Many villagers left their villages and went elsewhere. But now the Basaguda-Tarrem road is functioning with the tight security and active involvement of the security forces. The government is encouraging the development in this region, and these villages are starting to settle again” DM Ritesh Agarwal added.
An old local resident from Basaguda told us that, in undivided MP, the region was prosperous in the 80s. Buses plied from Bijapur to Dornapal. Farmers of this area used to cultivate well; the forest dwellers gathered forest produce and sold it in the local Basaguda market. The market was full of forest products, but about 20 years ago, due to the red threat, the road was closed, and the villages became deserted.
Now the administration is prioritizing the development works in the area. That is why now the villagers of this region have started coming back again. People of this area are now happy and hope for peace. The villagers are grateful to the government for promoting development in the area.