Cuttack: With the historic Cuttack Bali Yatra kicking off on Monday, the commissionerate police and fire service department have made massive arrangements to ensure visitors enjoy the festival on the Mahanadi riverbank.
Commissionerate police have also formed anti-terrorist squads (ATS) to guard the fair ground. Besides, watch towers have been erected and CCTV cameras installed at Bali Yatra ground to maintain a close vigil on criminals.
‘All possible measures have been taken to ensure the safety of people visiting the festival,’ said deputy commissioner of police Sanjiv Arora.
To keep a vigil on anti-social activities, police have erected two watch-towers each at Bali Yatra ground and Mahanadi bank. Besides, four temporary police outposts have also been set up at the ground. A special van has been stationed to check liquor consumption while plain-clothes lady cops and teams have been deployed to check eve-teasing of women.
Besides, mobile patrolling systems have been intensified, said Arora.
As many as 1,300 stalls have been set up at the Bali Yatra ground this year.
Although the city is equally well-known for its other street food options, Dahi bara, and Thunka puri will be the major food attraction at Bali Yatra.