Contractors unwilling to work in Maoist-hit Malkangiri

Bhubaneswar: The state government on Tuesday decided to hand over building of a bridge to a state owned construction company, after being unable to find a contractor in Maoist-hit Malkangiri district, official sources said.

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.