Vikash Sharma

The Odisha government on Tuesday announced to extend the duration of the historic Bali Yatra festival in Cuttack. As per the latest decision, the government has accorded its nod for extending the duration of Bali Yatra by one day.

“Cuttack Mayor and CMC had moved Odisha government to extend the dates of Bali Yatra by two days. But after considering all aspects, the state government has extended the duration of the fair by one day,” said Cuttack Collector, Bhabani Shankar Chayani.

As per the decision, the Bali Yatra will now concluded on November 17 instead on November 16, said Chayani.

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Mayor Subhas Singh said, “CMC’s special council meeting was held yesterday and a proposal was moved relating to extending the duration of the fair. We had moved the proposal so that it will be helpful for the traders and other women Self-Help Groups to do good business at the fair which was held after a gap of two years.”

Singh said that the district administration has said that the traders will not have to pay more taxes in view of the extension of the Bali Yatra fair.

(Reported by Debasish Mohanty)