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Ramakanta Biswas

Umerkote: Hours after one span of an under-construction portion of Biju Setu collapsed in Nabarangpur district, the Odisha government has ordered stern action against the contractor and other officials.

One worker lost his life while six others sustained injuries after the concrete slab of the bridge at Talpadar in Umarkote Division of Nabarangpur district collapsed today.

According to sources, Development Commissioner Pradeep Jena has directed Nabarangpur Collector to lodge criminal case against contractor Ashis Biswal, sub-divisional officer (SDO) and Junior Engineer and their immediate arrest.

He has also asked Sunabeda superintendent engineer to rush to the site and take stock of the situation.

Jena has also directed the engineer-in-chief who is on tour to proceed to the site tomorrow for enquiry.

The district collector has been asked to examine complicity of the executive engineer and take appropriate action against him. The official has been further asked to submit an inquiry report.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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