As a two-day bandh, called by the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) to protest the killing of their spokesperson Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad by the police in Andhra Pradesh, is underway, the Centre today said it is working on a comprehensive plan to contain Maoist attacks on railway properties.
The Centre has also asked all Naxal-hit states to take all precautionary steps to thwart any attempt of violence during the bandh.
"A comprehensive plan will be undertaken in consultation with the state governments to protect the railways, which the Maoists hold as soft-target," Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa told reporters in Patna.
On inordinate delay in implementation of various rail projects in Bihar, he said the state government should come forward for cost-sharing of the delayed projects.
The Railways have planned to spend Rs 790 crore for laying 86 km new rail line, broad gauge conversion in 28 km and doubling of rail line on 72 km during the current fiscal under the East Central Railway, the minister said.