Cuttack, Oct 21: The Cuttack district administration has started allotting land to its traditional traders for setting up stalls to be set up on the Mahanadi riverbed during the seven-day long annual maritime trade fair, Baliyatra, which will start from November 4.
While the traditional traders will be allotted land till October 30, places to new businessmen will be allotted from October 31 to November 3. The administration has increased the land rent by Rs 2 per sq ft this year. Now, traders have to pay Rs 24 per sq ft against the last year's Rs 22 per sq ft.
As many as 1,400 stalls will be set up over 44 acres. Following the National Green Tribunal's (NGT) order the will be swept twice a day during the fair while it will be mandatory for each stall owner to keep dustbins near their stalls. Polythene bags will be completely banned while water sprinklers will be used to keep the ambience clean.
As part of the security arrangements, the Commissionerate police have chalked out a slew of safety measures to avoid any untoward incident during the seven-day long annual maritime trade fair. Three watch towers would be set up at the faire ground to keep a strict vigil on anti-social elements while the entire ground would be under CCTV surveillance.
Nearly 35 platoons of police would be deployed to maintain law and order and traffic, added the DCP.