17 October 2019
Cuttack: Local artists and cultural organisations will be encouraged to perform and exhibit their skills at the historic Baliyatra similar to the Path Utsav in Bhubaneswar, informed Cuttack Collector Bhabani Shankar Chaini.
"We have decided this year to hold Cultural programmes, health camps, cycling, skating, walking etc. from 6.30 AM till 9.30 AM at Baliyatra like it was done during Path Utsav in Bhubaneswar," said Chaini speaking to reporters here today.
This will give a chance to the local youth and artists to show/exhibit their hidden talents, he added.
The Collector further informed that from 9.30 AM till 12.30 PM there will be no programmes and cleaning work will be taken up during this period.
While sanitation workers of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation(CMC) will be doing the cleaning work, National Social Service(NSS) and other voluntary organisations have been requested to assist in the cleaning, he added.
He said, regular trading activity at stalls would start after 12.30 PM and added that in the evening professional artists would perform as in earlier years.
Chaini further informed that there are plans to add another 10-15 acres of land to the fair area so that there is no overcrowding and the crowd is evenly spread and added that there are plans to add water sports related activity this year.
Four squads each headed by a Food Safety Officers working in three shifts will ensure and enforce food safety standards at the Baliyatra this year.
"Four squads headed by Food Safety Officers will work in three shifts to enforce and ensure observance of food safety standards during the Baliyatra," informed Bhagaban Lenka, Health Inspector, CMC.
Lenka said that from this year apart from the earlier practice of destroying food stuff not meeting food safety standards, penalties will be imposed and realised on the spot from the violators under the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act.
The fine amount will range between Rs 100 to a maximum of Rs 10,000, he added.