2-day holiday for schools, colleges in Khordha for ULB Polls

Bhubaneswar: With elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across the state are set to be held tomorrow, Khordha district administration has declared holiday for all educational institutions in the district for two days starting today.

Schools, colleges and other educational institutions in Khordha district will remain closed on March 23 and 24, in view of the civic body polls, said the district Collector in an official notification.

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Earlier, the state Government had announced postponement of all college and university examinations that were scheduled between March 22 and March 24, in a bid to use buildings of the educational institutions as polling stations.

Elections for 106 ULBs (47 Municipalities and 59 NACs) and three Municipal Corporations will be held in 1,672 Municipality and NAC Wards and in 165 Wards of three Municipal Corporations tomorrow.

Meanwhile, police have beefed up security arrangements in and around Bhubaneswar and Jatni for the elections.

Speaking to media, Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash said total 50 platoons of police force will be deployed in the areas while 150 senior officials will keep a strict vigil to maintain law and order during the polling tomorrow. This apart, around 55 mobile patrolling vans will be engaged, he added.

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