Cuttack: The NGT allowed the Cuttack district administration to continue with its plans to organise the historic Balijatra in Mahanadi riverbed (Tala Padia).

Hearing a review petition, the NGT directed the Cuttack district administration to maintain cleanliness of the groud after Balijatra.

“In the review petition we had mentioned that the area on which the Jatra has been proposed, is not a river bed and its an alluvial area. There is a huge land mass and it is too old,” said Nirmal Chandra Mishra, Collector, Cuttack.

“We will ensure smooth functioning of Balijatra,” he said.

Soon after the NGT verdict, the district administration started allotting sites to vendors who had applied for their stalls in the festival.

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