The slowness is telling. It has taken the Chhattisgarh government nine years to construct a seven-km road between Dorna­pal and Jagargunda down the state in its particularly forested terrain. Nearly 450 security personnel have lost their lives in this period, majority of them while deployed in the Road Opening Party (ROP), protecting the construction workers in the region. Another 49 km needs to be built bef­ore the road is completed.