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Hopeful Of Gurupriya Setu's Inauguration Soon By CM: Odisha Works Minister

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08 June 2018

Ajesh Mallick

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Bhubaneswar: As all are agog to see the dedication of most sensitive and much-awaited Gurupriya Setu to the general public, especially to the tribal populace of Chitrakonda cut-off areas in Maoist-infested Malkangiri district in south Odisha, the State Government is hopeful of its inauguration soon by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Odisha Steel & Mines, Energy and Works Minister Prafulla Mallick informed media on Friday, “All works of the much-awaited Gurupriya Setu has been almost completed. For examining its quality, we had entrusted the task with the Centre of Road Research Institute. The team has also completed their check up. The report is awaited.”

“After receiving the report, we’ll fix the date of inauguration. I hope the inauguration will be done by this June. Hon’ble Chief Minister will dedicate it to the people. I’m hopful it will be done by the end of this month. First quality check report, then the date of inauguration will be finalized,” the Works Minister added.

Notably, security of the 'Gurupriya Setu' across Balimela reservoir has been beefed up before the bridge is formally opened for the general public. Apart from two companies of the Border Security Force (BSF) at Janbai and Badapada, a new company has been deployed at Jantapai in the cut-off area, around 7 kilometres from the Gurupriya bridge, SP Jagmohan Meena had earlier informed media.

Special arrangements for illumation of the Gurupriya bridge have already been completed and is on trial run. The CCTV camera installation is in its final stage of completion.

"Combing operations by the BSF and Special Operations Group (SOG) are being done on a regular basis in the area surrounding the bridge. This apart, the district police is patrolling the Gurupriya bridge for access control," the Malkangiri SP has already informed media.

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Prafulla Mallick, Minister, Works, Odisha

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Jagmohan Meena, SP, Malkangiri