Baliyatra ground:The deluge after fun and business

Cuttack: The week-long historic Baliyatra came to an end on last Thursday. An estimate said that over one thousand stalls and pavillions made a whopping business of around Rs 100 crore. Lakhs gathered everyday to enjoy the festival. After the show is over, what catches one`s eyes are heaps of deluge strewn all over the Quilla Maidan and the adjacent deltaic land of river Mahanadi. The several acres of land literally stinks due to hundreds of tons garbage.

Wherever the eyes go t is only left-over plates, polythene packets and garbage. Mounds of deluge and unbearable foul smell. That is the post-Baliyatra scenario at the famous ground. Unless the delufge is cleared on a war-footing note, there is the danger of spreading air-borne diseases. Close to the Ring Road, lifeline of Cuttack city, the deluge pose threaets to hundreds of morning and evening walkers and VVIPs like judges and senior bureaucrats staying close to the ground. The huge amount of garbage even has started polluting the Mahanadi water.

Who is to be held responsible for the deluge? The district administration and the Cuttack Municipal Corporation which jointly host the festival have never thought of the problem. The entire objective was commerce. No provision is ever made to clear the garbage. It is regular phenomenon. The authorities never collect any amount from the stall owners for cleaning the huge ground after the festival nor asks the stall owners to clean the ground after the festival.

The India-West Indies one day international would be played at the Barabati very soon. Preparations are in full swing for the match. But outside the stadium, it is only garbage and garbage. The CMC authorities have assured that the garbage would be cleaned up very soon. Lets us hope.