Cuttack: Odisha’s largest trade and commerce fair Bali Jatra will begin on the banks of Mahanadi river in Odisha’s Cuttack city today. The eight-day long fair is scheduled to end on November 19.
Bali Jatra is held every year to commemorate and celebrate the glorious maritime history of Odisha and it draws thousands of visitors from across the state and beyond.
The Twin City Commissionerate Police has imposed restrictions on vehicular movement from 3 pm to 1 am during the Bali Jatra to streamline traffic system.
As many as ten places have been identified for parking of vehicles. The spots are Bhuasuni field, Anand Bhawan field, Dayashram field, Kartikeswar Gada left side and western side field, Mundasahi field, two fields on eastern and western side of Mundasahi, Gorakabar field and BOSE field.
For the first time, Bali Jatra has been accorded State-level festival status. It is being managed by the District Council of Culture under the Chairmanship of Collector as an annual cultural and trade festival.
A website– www.baliyatra.com— and a mobile phone application namely ‘Ama Balijatra’ have been launched to provide visitors information regarding location of stalls and parking places.