Maoists damage Essar Steel pipeline in Malkangiri

Malkangiri: A day after Odisha DGP RP Sharma visited the naxal-hit districts of Malkangiri and Koraput in the state, the Maoists damaged a slurry pipeline belonging to Essar Steel near Gunthabeda forest under Chitrakonda police limits in the district today morning.

It is not the first time that the maoists have blasted the Essar pipeline in the cut off area in the district. The Maoists had damaged the pipeline for more than ten times since its commencement, said a villager.

The pipeline was constructed by Essar Steel to transport iron ore from the Baladila iron ore mines in the slurry form to its pelletisation plant in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.