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Odisha’s Bali yatra kiosks get cop permits

Over a 1000 stalls to come up at fair that recalls voyages of Odia traders to Bali, Java and Sumatra

By Lalmohan Patnaik in Cuttack
  • Published 11.11.18, 12:19 AM
  • Updated 11.11.18, 12:19 AM
  • a min read
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Deputy commissioner of police Akhileswar Singh (in red t-shirt) and (extreme right) collector Arvind Agarwal inspect the Bali yatra ground in Cuttack on Saturday. Picture by Badrika Nath Das

Police have started issuing licence for operation of shopping kiosks and pavilions at Bali yatra this year.

A licence from the deputy commissioner of police is mandatory to operate a kiosk at the Bali yatra that will start on November 23 this year.

For centuries, Bali yatra has been a week-long fair at Killa Maidan near Gadgadia Shiv Temple on the banks of Mahanadi river from the day of the auspicious Kartik Purnima.

The government had extended the annual fair to Talapadia (area on the riverbed) in 1996.

More than a thousand pavilions and kiosks (mostly eateries) are expected to come up at the site this year. More than 40 acres at Killamaidan in front of the Barabati fort gate and on the riverbed will be distributed among parties interested to set up kiosks.

Assistant commissioner of police Asim Mishra said a counter for issuing licence started functioning at the Bali yatra ground from Thursday.

“For getting a licence, the shopkeepers or those opening pavilions and kiosks will have to produce a no-objection certificate related to land allotment (which will be tallied with the records of the local tehsil office), document related to temporary power connection from the Central Electricity Supply Utility, a fire safety certificate and clearance from Cantonment police station along with a licence fee of Rs 100,” Mishra said.

“For using sound system, shopkeepers will have to submit evidence of use of sound system with pre-installed sound limiters for 65 decibel and pay Rs 200 per day. The shopkeepers will also have to submit an indemnity bond executed on Rs 100 in non-judicial stamp paper,” he said.

Parking places for the fair will be identified during a joint drive by the assistant commissioner of police (traffic), the assistant commissioner of police (zone-II), the tehsildar, the inspector in charge of Cantonment police station and officials of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation.

The police also want to make it mandatory for auction holders of parking stands to display the rate chart of various types of vehicles prominently in Odia and English.