Cuttack, October 22 (LocalWire): Traders expecting to do a brisk business in the forthcoming historic Balijatra are set to make a hassle-free beginning with the Cuttack district administration enabling online registration facility for land allocation and payment of license fee.
The Balijatra will be held from 12 to 20 November and the administration expects about 1,500 traders to participate in the eight-day-long mega fair.
“This year we want traders and other participants of Balijatra to make an online payment for registration and land allocation. Interested traders can pay their license fee by swiping their debit cards at our temporary camp office near Gadagadia Temple,” Cuttack district collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani said.
“The online payment will set an example of the transparent transaction system, which we have been striving hard to establish,” Chayani stated.
The Balijatra organisers decided to opt for the online payment system after the State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) asked all banks to take steps for the transformation of Cuttack as a digital district of Odisha.
Following a recommendation of Reserve Bank of India to deepen the digital payment ecosystem and make Cuttack a digital district, the SLBC wanted all banks to facilitate digital payment facilities in the district.
With 20 days left for Balijatra, land reclamation work is going on expeditiously at the bank of river Mahanadi, and this year, the area proposed to be brought under Balijatra could go beyond 50 acres.
Traders and other organisations will be allotted land at the rate of Rs 30 per sq ft. If their requirement crosses 1,000 sq ft, they will have to pay an additional 5% of license fee. Traders will be allotted a maximum of 1,000 sq ft while 2000 sq ft area is the upper limit for organisations.
For mechanised swings and rides, a fixed charge of Rs 8,000 per day will be levied, while Rs 1,000 per day will be charged for hand-operated swings.
Sources said that traders and organsiations that had participated during the last year’s Balijatra will be given priority during land allocation.
The allotment sub-committee is headed by additional district magistrate (revenue) while sub-collector, tahsildar, assistant collector and revenue inspector are members of the committee.
The administration had collected Rs 1.32 crore license fee in 2018 that was used for various development works and for making arrangements of the trade fair.