Contractors unwilling to work in Maoist-hit Malkangiri
The state government had floated seven tenders for the 900 meter bridge at Gurupriya, but contractors did not respond out of fear of Maoists, Works Secretary S K Ray told newsmen.
"This is the seventh time that contractors preferred not to respond to open tender," Ray said.
Though earlier a reputed company had taken up the job, it left the work after threat from Maoists, he said.
Chief Secretary B K Patnaik said that the government would provide security to workers at the bridge.
The bridge would provide connectivity to seven gram panchayats comprising 151 villages, Chitrakonda MLA Mamata Madhi said.