01 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: At long last, the Odisha government today decided to accord State-level festival status to the historic Baliyatra of Cuttack.
"It was decided to officially accord State-level festival status to Cuttack Baliyatra," informed Housing and Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena briefing reporters at the Lok Seva Bhawan here today.
The Minister further informed that it was decided at the meeting to extend every type of cooperation to the Cuttack district administration to make Baliyatra more attractive and beautiful this year as compared to the previous years.
Jena said that the departments of Housing & Urban Development, Culture, and Tourism will be providing every type of financial assistance for this.
"We wish that the Baliyatra this year is better than the earlier years and people enjoy it," the Minister stated.
Responding to a query from reporters, Jena said that the Cuttack district administration had sought special grant-in-aid from the departments of H&UD, Tourism, and Culture which have been sanctioned.
"All types of financial assistance will be provided by the departments of Tourism, Culture and Housing & Urban Development to Cuttack Baliyatra. Soon a notification declaring Cuttack Baliyatra as a State-level festival will be issued," informed Bhabani Shankar Chayani, Collector Cuttack.
The meeting on Cuttack Baliyatra was chaired by Jena and was attended by the Tourism and Culture Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi among officials of various departments including Police and Fire Services.
In a related development, a five-member team of the Cuttack Nagrik Mahasabha led by former Barabati-Cuttack MLA Debashish Samantaray today met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik demanded to accord national event status to Cuttack Baliyatra.
The historic Baliyatra of Cuttack, the biggest open-air trade fair will start from November 12 and end on November 19 on the banks of river Mahanadi.