Malkangiri: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will inaugurate the Gurupriya bridge over the Janbai river in the cut-off area of Chitrakonda block in Malkangiri district July 26.
BJD district president and Malkangiri MLA Manas Madkami Monday said the bridge was scheduled to be inaugurated July 18. However, it was cancelled due to incessant rain in the district as well as state.
The 910-metre bridge, which has been opened for the people, which connects 151 villages with a population of about 30,000, spread over seven panchayats in the cut-off area, with the mainland.
He also said that the Chief Minister, during his one-day visit, will also inaugurate a 300-bedded newly-constructed annexe of the district headquarters hospital.
Manwhile, the district administration and the police have made necessary arrangements for the Chief Minister’s visit, the Congress has given Chitrakonda bandh call July 26 opposing it.
In view of the protest by the Maoists against the inauguration of the bridge by the Naveen Patnaik, elaborate security arrangements have been made in areas around the Gurupriya bridge to keep a close watch on the movement of the red rebels.