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Odishatv Bureau

Malkangiri: To ensure protection of the Gurupriya bridge that will act as a major connecting link for the residents of cut-off areas in Malkangiri district, the administration has installed closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at different locations for keeping surveillance round the clock.

As per reports, the six CCTV cameras have been installed at the bridge and will help to keep a track on movement of Maoists as well as assist BSF personnel to provide better security in the region.

Besides, a tender has also been floated for proper illumination of the Gurupriya bridge at the cost of Rs 40 lakh. Over 60 lights will be installed on the both sides of the bridge apart from two high mast lights on its northern side.

"Tender process for lighting of the bridge is almost over," said junior engineer Suresh Mishra.

The 910-metre-long bridge will connect nearly nine panchayats in the cut-off areas benefiting about 30,000 people, reports said.

The bridge will also help the district administration officials extend all the welfare projects including electricity and drinking water facilities, Rabindra Behera, a resident of the cut-off areas.

The foundation stone for the bridge was laid in 1982 by the then chief minister, JB Patnaik and again by chief minister Naveen Patnaik in 2000. After missing several deadlines in the past, the project is expected to be inaugurated shortly.

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