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Odisha CM to inaugurate bridge in Maoist-hit dist on July 18

Press Trust of India  |  Malkangiri (Odisha) 

Chief Minister is set to inaugurate a bridge here on July 18, connecting the "cut-off areas" of the Maoist-hit district with the mainland, a said.

The on would ensure easy access to nearby towns for nine panchayats in the inaccessible areas of Malkangiri, considered a "safe haven of left wing extremists", he said.

Earlier this year, the had installed CCTV cameras on the bridge to help the BSF and CRPF personnel track the movements of Maoists in the area.

Dambaru Sisa, BJD MLA from Chitrakonda seat in district, said the construction work has been completed and the 910-metre-long all set for inauguration on July 18.

"Cut off by Balimela reservoir, people living in the remote part of the district had been demanding a bridge on for around 40 years. The new bridge would end decades of isolation for them," he added.

Former J B Patnaik had laid the foundation stone for the bridge in 1982. However, the inaccessibility of the site, coupled with other roadblocks including Maoist threats, resulted in delay of the project.

In 2014, laid another foundation stone for the and directed the officials to carry out the construction work at the earliest.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 09:15 IST