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Tag: Gurupriya Bridge

BSF IG Conducts Aerial-Survey In Swabhiman Anchal

Malkangiri: The Inspector General (IG) of Border Security Force (BSF)- Madhusudan Sharma – on Wednesday conducted an aerial survey in Maoist-hit areas in Swabhiman Anchal of Malkangiri and assessed the security scenario. He reviewed the security situation at Hantalguda, Kartanpali, and Temrupali areas in Swabhiman Anchal, which were earlier cut-off from mainland. Later, the IG […]

Column: Pushing Rebels On The Back Foot In Their Own Citadel

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The huge seizure of arms and ammunition from a Maoist hide-out in Malkangiri’s Swabhiman Anchal has come as a morale booster for security forces engaged in a prolonged war with the ultras. This region, which was earlier called “cut-off” area because of its difficult topography and lack of road communication with […]

Column: Communication And Development

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Finally the residents of Dhuliput and Maliguda, the two remote villages under the Chitrakonda block of Malkangiri’s once infamous “cut-off” area, rechristened as Swabhiman Anchal following the inauguration of Gurupriya bridge in 2018, have a metalled road. Cut off from development these villages have for decades been part of a benighted […]

Gurupriya Bridge: A New Selfie Destination In Odisha!

Malkangiri: Of all the places one would least expect a tourist to visit, Chitrakonda which still seem to appear as a Maoist stronghold has surprisingly emerged as a selfie destination in the State. The once-cut-off area in Chitrakonda which has been named Swabhiman Anchal after the much-hyped opening of Gurupriya Bridge in the district has […]

Column: Swabhiman Anchal Has Nothing To Be Proud Of

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Trouble is brewing in Malkangiri’s “swabhiman anchal”, a benighted hinterland which got its new moniker following the inauguration of Gurupriya bridge by chief minister, Naveen Patnaik last year. The bridge that linked what was once officially known as the ‘cut-off’ area comprising 151 villages with the mainland after a gap of […]

Gurupriya - A Bridge To Nowhere? 

Malkangiri: The inauguration of the Gurupriya bridge, not only promised connectivity but also development for over 150 cut-off villages in the Maoist-infested Malkangiri district. Contrary to all the promises, the Gurupriya bridge seems to have taken the people of these villages hardly any closer to development. Jantri panchayat under Chitrakonda block which consists of 12 […]

‘Swabhiman Anchal’ Yet To Reap Benefits Of Gurupriya Bridge

Malkangiri: The much-hyped Gurupriya Bridge over Janbai River in Malkangiri district was built to serve as a vital link between the 150 villages of Swabhiman Anchal (cut-off areas) and the district headquarters. However, due to lack of motorable roads to seven panchayats of the region, many people are still deprived of the advantages of the […]

Defunct CCTVs, lights on Gurupriya bridge give commuters, security forces a hard time

Malkangiri: Just months after the Gurupriya Bridge was thrown open for commuters, two of the CCTVs and as many as 20 lights installed on the bridge have stopped functioning. Moreover, regular power cut is making it difficult for locals to cross the bridge in darkness. The Border Security Force (BSF), which is in charge of […]

Gurupriya bridge ‘anti-development’ project: Maoists in a letter to media

Malkangiri: The CPI (Maoist)’s Malkangiri-Koraput-Visakhapatnam Border division today issued a letter to media opposing the newly-inaugurated Gurupriya bridge in Chitrakonda in the district and termed it as ‘anti-development’. The red rebels through the letter stated that the bridge is not meant for development, rather it is a project that will bring destruction for tribals in […]

Congress team examines Gurupriya bridge

Chitrakonda: Just days after allegations about the faulty design of the newly inaugurated Gurupriya bridge started to make rounds, a team of Odisha Congress led by the OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik today took stock of the bridge. After reviewing the situation, the team alleged the state government’s negligent attitude and corruption has resulted in the […]

Is Gurupriya Bridge under threat of water released from Balimela Dam?

Malkangiri: No sooner than water was released from Balimela dam on Thursday, allegations were rife about the faulty design of the newly inaugurated Gurupriya bridge that connects the cut off areas of Malkangiri district. Reason, owing to the low height of the bridge, water from the dam was released much before it reached the danger […]

Gurupriya Bridge brings development to doorsteps

Malkangiri: After 6 long decades, several cut-off areas are finally able to receive their share of development. The Gurupriya Bridge in Chitrakonda, which was inaugurated by CM Naveen Patnaik in July this year, is now enabling residents to access PDS while emergency services like ambulance can now reach these areas without any hassles. Buses have […]

Odisha govt submits expenditure details of Gurupriya bridge to Centre

Rourkela: The Odisha government on Thursday submitted the details of expenditure incurred during construction of the Gurupriya bridge to the Centre. Other important information related to the project were also submitted to the Centre by the State Works Department. The Union Home Ministry had sought a reply from the Odisha government regarding the bridge on […]

Odisha Congress demands CBI probe into Gurupriya bridge construction

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Congress Wednesday demanded a CBI probe into alleged corruption in the construction of Gurupriya bridge in Malkangiri district, claiming that around Rs 74 crore were paid fraudulently in excess to the contractor. Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President Niranjan Patnaik said that the excess payment had been pointed out by the Principal Accountant General. […]

Rs 74 crore-scam surfaces in Gurupriya Bridge construction

Bhubaneswar: While the Odisha government is all praises and taking credit for completing the most-awaited Gurupriya Bridge in Malkangiri, a report by the Principal Accountant General has unearthed shocking levels of misappropriation in the form of undue favours to contractors engaged in the construction. A draft note by the Principal Accountant General (Economic and Revenue […]

Op-Ed: The Nation Owes An Apology To The People of ‘Cut-off Area’

Let us not get distracted by the ugly and shameful tug of war among the three major political parties to corner – and deny – credit for the inordinately delayed Gurupriya bridge. Instead, we should all rejoice that a historical wrong has been righted and the people who sacrificed everything to light up our houses […]

Parties scamper to take credit after Gurupriya bridge inauguration

Bhubaneswar/Malkangiri: Hours after the inauguration of Gurupriya Bridge in Malkangiri, political parties in Odisha engaged in crossfire of words over who should get the credit for the construction of the bridge. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who inaugurated the bridge today stated it is a record that the bridge was completed in four years despite many […]

Bridging the gap: CM Naveen dedicates Gurupriya Bridge to people of Malkangiri

Malkangiri: Putting an end to years of wait and changing deadlines, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today dedicated the Gurupriya bridge to thousands of tribals in cut off areas of the district who until now were dependent on the waterways for transportation and communication. Inaugurating the project, CM Naveen called upon the Maoists to join mainstream […]

BJD, BJP vie to claim credit for Gurupriya bridge in Malkangiri

Bhubaneswar: With only a few days remaining for inauguration of the Gurupriya bridge in Malkangiri, the ruling-BJD and BJP are vying to take credit for the bridge work. Ahead of the formal inauguration of the structure scheduled on July 26, BJP questioned the rationale behind the State government’s effort to hijack the entire credit for […]

Sans inauguration, Gurupriya Bridge opens for public

Malkangiri: The much-awaited Gurupriya Bridge in Malkangiri was opened for public use today ahead of its inauguration by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. However, heavy vehicles have not been allowed to ply on the bridge. The 910-metre-long bridge will connect nearly nine panchayats in the cut-off areas of Malkangiri, benefiting about 30,000 people. Project Director of […]

What's preventing Odisha govt from inaugurating Gurupriya Bridge?

Bhubaneswar/Malkangiri: Barely a week ago when Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted a picture of Gurupriya Bridge, it brought cheers to people of the cut-off areas of Malkangiri district as they thought that the much awaited bridge would be inaugurated soon. However, uncertainty still looms large over the inauguration of the bridge that will act […]

Congress to oppose CM's Malkangiri visit during Gurupriya bridge inauguration

Malkangiri: The Malkangiri district unit of Congress today said that it will oppose Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s visit to the district during inauguration of Gurupriya bridge. Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) working president, Pradeep Majhi said the Chief Minister’s visit will be opposed in the district until basic issues of the people are not addressed. […]

Amid dense security cover, break of dawn beckons Gurupriya Bridge

  Malkangiri: Armed with sophisticated weapons and gadgets, the Border Security Force (BSF) jawans are toiling hard round-the-clock to keep a strict vigil on the newly-constructed Gurupriya Bridge which has always been under the threat from the Maoists. From patrolling in the dead of the night to keeping surveillance through CCTV cameras, the BSF jawans […]

Maoist Threat: CCTV cameras installed at Gurupriya bridge

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 […]

Security beefed up as Gurupriya bridge nears completion

Malkangiri: With the much awaited Gurupriya bridge nearing its completion, Odisha has beefed up security owing to threats from Maoists to blow up the project which will serve as a ‘lifeline’ for the cut-off areas of Malkangiri district. As the bridge is expected to usher in development in the remote and inaccessible areas of the […]

Tilt in Gurupriya Bridge pillar sparks concerns

Malkangiri:  While on one hand the completion of the much-awaited Gurupriya Bridge at Chitrakonda in Malkangiri continues to get delayed, another setback has hit the project as a pillar of the bridge has developed a tilt raising security and stability concerns. While each of the pillars from the 13th to 18th is supported by six […]

Delay in construction of Gurupriya Bridge raise speculations

Malkangiri: While the Works Department has assured that the Gurupriya bridge construction in Chitrakonda of Malkangiri will end by April end, it has been alleged that the construction company engaged for the purpose has not deployed adequate resources necessary for targeted completion of the project. Earlier on March 29, the Malkangiri Collector, in a letter […]

Gurupriya bridge misses deadline for the fifth time

Chitrakonda: The deadline for the completion of Gurupriya bridge has been extended once again for the fifth time, informed Works Department chief  executive engineer NC Pal on Monday. Pal said that the work will be delayed due to some changes in the bridge design after a fall in the water level at Balimela Reservoir. “We […]

Gurupriya bridge misses deadline again

Malkangiri: The deadline for the completion of Guruprya bridge has been extended once again for the fourth time.  Works Department chief  executive engineer NC Pal informed about the development after reviewing the progress of the bridge at the site on Sunday. Sources said, the work of three slabs and girders is yet to be completed. […]

Gurupriya Bridge to miss deadline again!

Malkangiri: The much-awaited Gurupriya Bridge, which will connect the cut-off areas with Malkangiri district, is likely to miss deadline again for the fourth time. As work for construction of the 910-metre long bridge is going on a tardy pace, doubts are being raised on completion of the project by February. Three steel girders of the […]

Maoists release audio tape, oppose road construction

Bhubaneswar: After posters in Satkosia, Maoists have now released an audio tape opposing road construction works at several places including in Malkangiri district.The audio tape features the voice of CPI (Maoists) secretary of Malkangiri-Visakhapatnam division, Benu. In the audio tape, the rebels have termed the statements of BSF DG to wipe out Maoists after construction […]

BSF ADG meets Odisha DGP, chalks out plan to curb Maoist menace in State

Bhubaneswar: A day after assessing the anti-Naxal movement in cut-off areas of Chitrakonda of Malkangiri district, BSF ADG Arun Kumar met Odisha DGP RP Sharma at Bhubaneswar camp office today. A detailed discussion on joint operations and future strategies to curb Maoist menace in the State was held between Kumar and Sharma. The BSF ADG […]

Deadline for Gurupriya bridge extended to February

Bhubaneswar: First September, then November and now February! The deadline for completion of the Gurupriya bridge, the lifeline of people residing in cutoff areas of Malkangiri district, has once again been extended to February, 2018. Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Wednesday informed that the Works Department, at the Unified Command meeting, has made it […]

Probe into collapse of portions of Gurupriya bridge begins

Malkangiri: A team of two members is scheduled to visit Gurupriya Bridge site today to investigate the reason behind the collapse of the girders in the Bridge situated at Chitrakonda in Malkangiri district. The team will be accompanied by chief engineer of Works Department and on the basis of their report further legal steps will […]

Portion of under construction Gurupriya bridge in Malkangiri caves in ; two labourers missing

Malkangiri:  In a major setback to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s ‘dream project’, a slab of the under construction Gurupriya bridge at Chitrakonda in Malkangiri here collapsed on Tuesday. Two labourers are feared to be trapped under the collapsed structure, sources said. According to reports, three girders of the bridge between 10th and 11 columns have caved […]

Gurupriya bridge controversy: Forest dept serves notice to construction agency

Bhubaneswar: Touted as Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s dream project, the Gurupriya Bridge construction in Malkangiri is now saddled with controversy with Forest department issuing notice to the construction agency for ‘illegal soil mining’. Kolkata-based Royal Infraconstru Limited has been served a show-cause for soil mining from near a hill that comes under the purview […]

Badri Narayan Patra
Gurupriya Bridge to complete by September: RD Minister

Bhubaneswar: The construction work of Gurupriya Bridge in Malkangiri district will be completed by September informed Rural Development Minister Badri Narayan Patra, on behalf of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in the Odisha Assembly yesterday. In total Rs 4957.47 crores has been allocated for the construction of the bridge. In reply to the progress of Biju […]

Aditya Padhi - Chief Secretary
Odisha aims to complete Gurupriya Bridge by June

Bhubaneswar: Construction of the Gurupriya Bridge in the cut-off areas of Chitrakonda block in Malkangiri district is 67% complete till now and work on the bridge is targeted to be completed by June this year, chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said today. Padhi who was chairing a review meeting of the Works department also took […]

Gurupriya bridge to be completed by June next year

Bhubaneswar: Construction of the Gurupriya bridge in the cut-off areas of Chitrakonda in Malkangiri district will be completed by June next year, chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said today. “The construction work of the bridge is in full swing to ensure its timely completion”, he told media persons after presiding over the Unified Command meeting […]

Gurupriya bridge structure redesigned

With the bending of four pillars of the Gurupriya bridge in the cut-off area of Chitrakonda in Malkangiri district, the construction pattern of the bridge has been redesigned