Bhubaneswar:30/11/17 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 clear that it would complete the construction work by February next year. It may be mentioned here that more than 30,000 people reside in 151 villages under 10 Panchayats in the cut-off areas of Malkangiri district. Most of these people depend on boats to communicate with the mainland. Amid such situation, the inordinate delay and repetitive rescheduling of deadline for construction of the bridge is brewing strong resentment among the people.