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Saswat Singhdeo

Koraput: Taking a walk down the memory lane can be an enriching experience and who other than the London-based couple, Richard Gold and Jennifer Gold, can explain it better.

In the year 1950, George Gold and Robert Newport, fathers of Richard and Jennifer respectively worked at the Machkund power project in Koraput and almost 69 years after, fate brought the couple to the place where it all began for both of them.

Their joy knew no bounds when they visited Machkund power house and captured the beautiful sight of the place on their cameras today.

On the other hand, power project workers, retired employees and local residents were filled with excitement and accorded a grand welcome to the couple who expressed their joy by remembering their childhood.

"My father was here for the hydro electric project work in 1950 and he was engaged in the tunnel and pipe works connecting to the turbines," said a nostalgic Richard.

Jennifer too expressed her excitement and said, "My father worked as an assistant engineer and built the tunnels. I was nine-month-old and my sister was four when we arrived here so I don't have any strong memories but still, it is just wonderful to be here and thinking about my parents who stayed here and enjoyed the view of mountains."

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