10 ‘illegal’ kalyan mandaps sealed in Cuttack; 90 more face action

Cuttack: Acting on the orders of the Orissa High Court (HC) to take action against marriage mandaps running without permission in the Silver City, officials of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) on Tuesday sealed 10 such halls.

Officials engaged in the drive said while nine such mandaps come under Lalbag police limits of the city, one is situated under Bidanasi police station.

“We have sealed 10 kalynan mandaps running illegally in Bidanasi and Lalbag area. The HC had ordered us to take action against 104 mandaps and we will complete the process within the next two days,” said Tilottoma Sahu, recovery officer, CMC, Cuttack.

During the drive, which began in the afternoon, CMC officials were accompanied by enforcement officers of Cuttack Development Authority (CDA), the enforcement squad of CMC and police.

The mandaps had come under the scanner of the court following a letter petition filed by a group of five citizens of Cuttack in March last year, alleging gross violations of rules, creating nuisance and pollution as well as public inconvenience.

They had alleged that the mandaps used for marriages and other social functions did not have adequate parking space, thereby causing serious traffic problems during events held at these places. The halls also blatantly flout sound pollution norms by playing high decibel music. Further, these mandaps do not adhere to any waste management mechanism and dump garbage, plates and leftover food on the roads or in their vicinity posing serious health risks to the residents of the localities, the petitioners alleged.