Malkangiri: Four months after Chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced a special package of Rs 100 crore for overall development of the cut-off areas in Malkangiri district that got direct access to outside world with inauguration of the crucial Gurupriya bridge, a four-member team led by Development Commissioner R Balkrishnan visited the area to review several developmental projects.
The officials of Works Department, Village development and district administration were also present in Chitrakonda to take stock of the development initiatives there.
Notably, after inaugurating the bridge on July 26, Chief Minister Patnaik said the cut-off areas will now be known as ‘Swabiman Anchala’ and the 910-metre Gurupriya bridge will be the identity and Swabhiman of Malkangiri.
The special package is aimed to accelerate the development process of the water-locked area resided by around 30,000 people.
The CM had said that the money will be spent for enhancing road connectivity, providing electricity connection, drinking water, livelihood support and strengthening health care services in the area.
Meanwhile, bus-service from Malkangiri town to Bodpada, situated in the Swabhiman area (earlier known as the cut-off area) has also begun. Tube wells in Bodpada and Papermetla panchayats have also been installed.
Notably, the State Government has planned to release over 5 crore fish seedlings into the Chitrakonda water reservoir which will provide livelihood support to around 2,000 fishermen families in the area and improving their standard of living.