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Monday , November 26 , 2012
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Bali yatra eyes cleaner days

Cuttack, Nov. 25: Cuttack Municipal Corporation has chalked out a strategy for better management of solid waste generated during the weeklong Bali yatra festival starting from Wednesday.

The civic body has outsourced the daily waste collection and disposal of garbage to two private firms to ensure that visitors do not face problems at the fair.

“We have chalked out a four-way plan towards better maintenance of sanitation, food check and healthcare. We will also ensure a complete ban on the use of polythene during the festival,” said city health officer P.K. Pradhan.

Pradhan said that over 150 sweepers would be pressed into service for daily collection and disposal of garbage, which would be done in two shifts in the morning and completed before the start of the fair in the evening.

Over 100 dustbins will be installed near the kiosks and food counters to ensure proper collection of garbage.

The decision to outsource the garbage collection and disposal was taken to maintain cleanliness during the fair as well as retaining the bulk of the government’s staff so that sanitation measures in other parts of the city did not get affected.

The two private players would be responsible for collection of garbage from Kila Maidan and Mahanadi riverbed side and the corporation is likely to spend Rs 4 lakh for the waste management during Bali yatra, a senior official said.

Corporation sources said around 30 to 40 per cent extra solid waste would be generated during Bali yatra while the entire garbage generation is likely to cross 200 metric tonnes in the city during the period.

Last year, heaps of garbage was found dumped at various locations during the festival, which had caused a lot of inconvenience to visitors.

District administration officials said over 1,500 kiosks are likely to come up during the fair and the total visitor turnout is likely to be around 10 lakh a day.

Hence, the police are taking adequate measures for better crowd management at Bali yatra. This year, the fair will be held on an additional 50,000sqft plot besides the usual 37 acres in two fields.

Besides this, a special squad has also been constituted by the corporation along with the chief district medical officer to ensure that no stale food is served to people visiting the biggest fair of the state. The food inspector and other health officials will conduct inspections in two shifts on a daily basis.