Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Upgraded security for contractors, workers

Express News Service
First Published : 03 Feb 2010 04:41:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 03 Feb 2010 09:19:28 AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to upgrade the security of construction workers and contractors for the construction of two bridges in the Maoist-affected Malkangiri district.

Construction of these two bridges, Gurupriya bridge on the Janabai river and Motu bridge on the Saberi river, have been delayed by years because of threats from the ultras. The Gamon India Limited (GIL), which had taken up construction of the Gurupriya bridge quit after threats from the Naxals.

After the exit of GIL no one is coming forward to take up the construction of the bridges. Even though tenders were floated several times, there are no bidders.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik reviewed the situation at a high-level meeting here today.
Construction of the two bridges will give security forces access to many inaccessible areas in the tri-junction of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chhatisgarh.
As the Centre is keen on launching the multi-state campaign against the ultras soon, completion of the construction of these two bridges has assumed significance.
Threat from the Maoists has also slowed down implementation of poverty alleviation programmes in many affected districts. Only 15 per cent of the funds for welfare schemes including National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) have been utilised in Gajapati, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Rayagada and Malkangiri.

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