Koraput, March 14(LocalWire): Work on at least 11 road projects under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) has been abandoned in south Odisha due to Maoist threat.
Of the 52 sanctioned road projects in Malkangiri district, construction on 11 roads, worth Rs.39 crore, was underway. The contractor, though, had to abandon his work due to Maoist threat.
The all-weather roads were being built to provide connectivity to remote areas of the district.
The situation has been so bad that a tender recently floated by the district administration to build a 9-km road from Nilapari to Amblibeda drew a blank.
“It’s very difficult to work in remote areas without adequate security. We may have to withdraw from the projects if no security is given,” said a contractor requesting anonymity.
If the work on 11 projects is completed, it will add at least 77 km of motorable road in the remote areas of the district, including Bonda hill, where the primitive Bonda tribe lives.
An official said that some contractors have abandoned their work mid-way due to Maoist threats.
“We are regularly holding talks with executing agencies to sort out their problems. However, they have not mentioned about Maoist threat in written,” said an official.
Police said that extensive search operations are being conducted in the district to contain the Maoist threat, and on a priority basis, full-proof security will be provided for road construction.