20 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: As the wedding season gets underway, the Kalyan Mandaps and Convention Halls in Bhubaneswar have a packed schedule. However, this time of the year, the roads in the Capital City often get clogged with Band Bajaa and Baraat.
The movement of the groom's entourage congests main roads in the periphery of Kalyan Mandaps rendering severe inconvenience to commuters. By the time a complaint gets lodged, and the enforcement authorities arrive, the road would have been jammed for at least half an hour disrupting traffic.
Taking serious note of the aforementioned issues, the State Government has issued a directive to the civic body to act against the violators. According to a letter issued by the Secretary of Urban Development Department, G Mathivathnan, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) have been asked to form joint squads to take action against Kalyan Mandaps and Convention Halls which lack adequate parking facilities.
"A large number of convention centres, Kalyan Mandaps have come up in very important places of the city and are functioning without adequate parking facilities leading to congestion, choking of roads and preventing free movement of traffic," the letter stated.
These are serious issues which requre immediate attention and steps need to be taken by both BMC as well as BDA. These things are largely seen in areas like Sai Temple, Tankapani Road, Patia, Infosys and other imporatnt areas of the city, the letter added.
Mathivathnan has advised the authorities to setup an Enforcement Squad and mount daily surveilance on such activities. The Secretary has also asked BMC and BDA to submit a daily report on the action taken in this regard.