Odishatv Bureau

Cuttack: To ensure quality of food served to visitors during the week-long historic Bali Jatra festival is up to the mark, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) is conducting raids on various food stalls set up at the festival ground for the last three days.

The Health and Food Inspection unit of the CMC raided the food stalls at the venue today and seized around two quintals of stale and sub-standard food items, which included Thumka Puri, Dahibara Aludam, and Chat. Besides, the district administration also warned the food vendors not to sell such sub-standard food to the visitors.

According to sources, the vendors had prepared the food items a day earlier and kept the same for sale. However, the health unit of the CMC conducted a surprise raid on the food stalls today and dumped a huge quantity of such food.

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Besides, a special squad has been formed to maintain hygiene and cleanliness at the festival grounds. The venue has been divided into eight zones to keep an eye on cleanliness during the fair. The vendors are also adhering to the plastic bag ban during the festival this year, said a CMC official.