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Gurupriya bridge to come up in three years


OST Bureau
Malkangiri, Jan 25:

In an attempt to woo the tribals of Malkangiri district ahead of the 2014 polls, the BJD government is now trying its best to show it has not forgotten the promises it made to the local people before the last general elections in 2009.

As part of its pre-poll exercise, the government had deputed a team of top bureaucrats led by chief secretary JK Mohapatra, Development commissioner Injeti Srinivas, Home secretary Vipin Saxnena and the Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra to Malkangiri district on Friday to take stock of the developmental works in the backward district.

The team later had a closed door meeting with the district collector, SP, and BSF officials.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the chief secretary said that the meeting discussed about finalization of a proper mechanism for the construction of bridge over the Gurupriya river for both better connectivity and effective anti-Maoist operations.

“The bridge is important for undertaking effective anti-insurgency operations in the state and efforts are on to complete the construction work of the bridge within three years,” he added.

He said the contractors who would take up the assignment for construction of the bridge would be provided security.

Construction of the 900-meter bridge near Balimela reservoir has been delayed for over seven years due to the unwillingness of the contractors and construction firms to take up the work owing to Maoist threat.

The team later visited the BSF camp near Badapada had a meeting with the BSF officials on development work in the cut-off area in Chitrakonda and Maoist issues.