Bali Yatra: Visitors likely to miss some amusement rides

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Cuttack : Visitors of the Bali Yatra are likely to miss on some amusement rides this year as some traders are reluctant to set up rides due to hike in rental prices.

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According to sources, at least 11 traders from across the country, who used to set up as many as 40 varieties of rides at the fair, are reluctant to set up carnival rides as the authorities have raised the rentals for the plots allotted.

The traders from West Bengal and many other states claimed that they would face heavy loss due to the hike in rental charges besides the alteration of allocation of plots.

They alleged that, while the rental for each plot for amusement rides were Rs 5,000 per day last year, it is now been raised up to Rs 9000. On the other hand, the district administration has also directed the owners of the rides not to raise the ticket prices for the visitor.

As the traders feel there is no scope for profit and business in this year’s fair, uncertainty looms large over what the fair has to give to its visitors this year.

District Collector Aravind Agrawal said they are trying every way out to convince the giant wheel traders to reach an agreeable term, to ensure smooth conduct of Bali Yatra.

Notably, the turmoil between the Traders’ Association and the Cuttack administration collapsed a few days ago after the district administration revoked its decisions regarding Bali Yatra.

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