Another attraction of the Bali Yatra is a counter run by the Reserve Bank of India. Customers throng the stall to exchange their torn, soiled and mutilated currency notes. They were also dismayed to see currency notes hanging from trees.
For non-vegetarians, particularly for those who have a special liking for dried fish, this fair has been a place of attraction.
As the historic ‘Bali Yatra’ entered its fifth day in Cuttack, a similar fair on the banks of Kuakhai River on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar is also drawing huge crowds.
A village-themed pavilion installed on the fairground has turned out to be a major draw for visitors.
The Commissionerate Police has made elaborate arrangements for the safety and security of the visitors coming to Bali Yatra, one of the country’s largest open-air fairs that kick-started in Cuttack today.
Monday being the Kartika Purnima, the last day of the Panchuka when most people, particularly women, abstain from eating food prepared from onion and garlic, visitors crowded the 'Dahi Bara and Aloo Dum' stall.
The fair is called historic because it has a connection with our rich maritime history. The festival begins on the auspicious Kartika Purnima day.
People will get a feel of the rural settings on the festival ground. Apart from the massive sand art of the boat, models of thatched houses, temples, Meena Bazaar and various types of swings on the festival ground will give visitors a new experience.
The auction will continue at 10 places across Cuttack town till November 15. Administrative officials have reportedly been trained to conduct the auction process flawlessly.
A trader or an institution can apply for a maximum of three plots, measuring less than 1000 square feet. At the time of registration, businessmen are required to deposit Rs 5000 through demand draft and they will get their money back at the time of receiving their plots.
As per the notification issued by Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), the registration process for the allotment of plots to patrons will continue from October 30 to November 3.
A high-level meeting was held today and emphasis was laid on the seamless conduct of the mega event that draws lakhs of visitors to the millennium city.
As per the work order, Monalisa Behera, the sister-in-law of BJD Corporator (Ward 16), Laxmipriya Behera was awarded 42 work orders alone. Similarly, another relative of Laxmipriya, Prabhat Behera was awarded 25 work orders, making it 67 in total.
Tons of garbage is now lying on the ground much to the inconvenience of public and animals.
Tripathy lashed out at the district administration for taking arbitrary decision pertaining to Bali Yatra.