Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Nov 22:
Contrary to speculations over the success of the historic Bali Jatra in Odisha’s Cuttack in the backdrop of scrapping of high denomination currency notes, the eight-day long fair this year ended on Monday on a high note as it registered a trade volume of over Rs 60 crore.
Despite crunch of small denomination currency notes post the demonetization move of the Centre, the fair witnessed a good turnout in the last five days which compensated the slowdown of initial three days, reports said.
Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS) and Gandhi Silpa Bazar having a wide range of handloom, handicrafts items and rural products, showcased paintings, grass and leather products, clay articles, jewellery to name a few and were the centre of attraction for the visitors to the fair.
These two markets registered a business of over Rs 15 crore luring a large number of visitors towards it, which amounts to a quarter of the total business volume.
The special kiosk set up by transgender community also registered significant footfall during the fair.
The district administration’s initiative in displacing road side shops and spread of carpets to manage dust pollution resulted fruitful offering a better shopping experience to people.
The skepticism that had taken over before the start of the historic fair owing to National Green Tribunal (NGT) order and demonetization was proved wrong with lakhs of visitors visiting the silver city festival.