Cuttack, Nov 11 (LocalWire): For those suffering from chronic respiratory ailments, it is better advised not to venture into the sea of crowd attending the Balijatra.
Nearly one lakh enthusiasts will be visiting the Balijatra fair grounds everyday during the week-long cultural festival.
The fair grounds are dusty as people walk and it is hazardous for people suffering from asthma, respiratory and pulmonary disorders, according to health experts.
People with respiratory or pulmonary disorders invite problems by going to a festival of such a mass scale with a large gathering.
As dust percolates into lungs, the ailment is aggravated, said head of chest, TB department, SCB Medical College, Cuttack, Dr Manoranjan Pattnaik.
The dust particles infect the upper respiratory tract and it leads to coughing.
Once things get aggravated, it could lead to asthmatic ailments, he added.
The administration has decided to put in place pollution control measures including steps to minimize the dust, said Cuttack Collector, Bhabani Shankar Chayani.
Mist cannons will be deployed at Balijatra grounds to spray fine mist to reduce dust-induced pollution and improve the air quality.
Apart from mist canon, the administration has introduced ‘Mo Cuttack Balijatra rickshaw’ to reduce the emission of vehicular pollutions.
From the parking lots, the eco-friendly rickshaws will take visitors to a point close to the fairground.
It will also curb traffic congestion, he added.