Bali Yatra festival will begin from today in Odisha’s Cuttack city on the Barabati Fort area and banks of Mahanadi river. The annual fair will conclude on November 10.
The district administration is making nearly Rs 88 lakh from the allotment of land for kiosks, stalls and pavilions at the Bali yatra starting Saturday on the occasion of Kartik Purnima. The revenue is Rs 18 lakh more than last year’s.
Additional district magistrate (revenue), Cuttack, Raghuram Iyer, however, said: “We have allotted plots in the Talapadia (within the banks of the Mahanadi) adhering to the 50m distance from river water flow norm fixed by the National Green Tribunal.”
The major attraction this time would be the 360 stalls allotted to Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (Ormas) for the national-level Pallishree Mela devoted to the promotion and sale of ethnic and rural craft.
“All the stalls will deliver the goods in paper, net cotton or jute bags instead of hazardous polythene bags,” chief executive of Ormas (Cuttack) Bipin Rout said.
The NGT had directed the authorities to declare the site as a “plastic-free zone”. “We have already declared a ban on use of polythene at the fair. All other conditions on which the NGT has allowed the Bali yatra to be held will be adhered to,” Iyer assured.