Malkangiri: Panic gripped Malkangiri after a crack appeared in the Gurupriya bridge. The Works Department has immediately started repairing the bridge over Gurupriya River.

Sources said, the rods at the expansion joint on a girder of the bridge have twisted. The Junior Engineer of Works Department, Suresh Chandra Mishra, said it is a minor repair that will be completed in two days. “There is a slight bend of the steel angle at the expansion joint on the girder. We will replace this steel angle with a new angle,” the JE added.

Notably, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik had inaugurated the 910-m-long Gurupriya bridge on July 26, 2018. The bridge connects 151 villages in seven panchayat areas in the cut-off area in Malkangiri district to the mainland.

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