Centre asks for info on incomplete bridges in Naxal hit Orissa
The Centre today asked the Orissa government to submit a detailed report within 10 days on bridge projects left incomplete in Maoist-hit Malkangiri district, official sources said.
Bhubaneswar: The Centre today asked the
Orissa government to submit a detailed report within 10 days
on bridge projects left incomplete in Maoist-hit Malkangiri
district, official sources said.
"We were told of being provided with all assistance to
complete bridges and roads inordinately delayed by opposition
from Maoists," Chief Secretary T K Mishra said.
The Centre`s offer came when Union Home Secretary G K
Pillai held a video conference with chief secretaries of three
Maoist-hit states of Orissa, Chhatishgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
Four bridges in Malkangiri district would connect
Orissa with Andhra Pradesh and Chhatishgarh and 151 villages,
but remained incomplete because of Maoist activities.
The bridge projects were Sileru bridge at Motu to
connect Andhra Pradesh, Gurupriya bridge at Janbai to connect
Chitrakonda, Dumpal bridge at Podia to connect Chhatishgarh
and Chakabadka bridge at Mahupada to connect Chhatishgarh.
The bridge at Motu was originally planned in 2003 at
an investment of Rs 15 crore and a 900 meter one at Gurupriya
at Rs 38 crore in 2002, the Centre was told.
The situation was simlar for two other bridges.
Though there was tender for the Motu bridge nine
times, no contractor was coming forward to undertake the
project, an official said.
The bridges when complete would help in developing the
socio-economic condition of local tribals and help security
personnel fight Maoists on their home turf, a home department
The chief secretaries of both Andhra Pradesh and
Chhatishgarh also extended their cooperation to complete
at least three of the four bridge projects in Malkangiri.