In a first, Naxal-affected area Rowghat in Raipur will get its first railway line.
Chief Secretary Vivek Dhaand told ANI, “The project is aimed to connect Rowghat to main Dilli Rajhara, where the Bhilai Steel plant is located. Deposits of iron ores are depleting fast in the Bhilai steel plant and Rowghat is one of the resource rich areas.”
The railway line will be built at a cost of 900 crore rupees and is expected to be completed within two to three years.
Also, two battalions of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and one battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) have been deployed at the construction site for security purpose.
Locals have expressed their happiness with the development.
“Earlier we used to go to Raipur, which is 33 kilometres far, catch a train. Now the new railway station will be useful for us. During rains roadways gets muddied which becomes difficult for us to travel to adjoining districts, with the new railway line, the connectivity will become far easier,” said Laksha, a local.