Cuttack: With the wedding season on, getting a function hall to host the event is getting tough for city residents with many halls being shut by the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC). With combined effort of Cuttack Development Authority and Traffic police, CMC on Monday has again sealed eight kalyan mandaps in CDA area as per the directive of the High Court. The sealed kalyan mandaps were running without permission from the civic body.
The eight mandaps include Amar Palace, Ganesh Palace, Krishna Guest House, Nirmala Mandap, Om Sai Palace, Sai Continental, Sarthak Palace and Kalinga Palace.The mandaps have been sealed on the grounds of not adhering to the civic norms, lack of safety measures and inadequate parking space causing huge chaos in the traffic system whenever a function was hosted.
Meanwhile, CMC Commissoner Gyana Das said that the civic body has granted conditional licenses to 33 other mandaps in the city. Earlier CMC has filed a petition in the High Court against these mandaps. With total of 180 mandaps in the city, 100 are running without license. As per the norms of CMC, the mandaps should use 40 percent of the total space towards parking area. However, the old mandaps were allowed with 20 percent towards parking space. As such, 50 mandaps fulfill the criteria for officially running the mandaps.CMC in total has sealed six mandaps during last week.
Meanwhile, temples are in much demand for hosting marriage ceremonies and even though these too cause traffic and violate norms meant for function halls, they are yet to come under CMC scanner. Similarly, hotels are also finding more clients. Those mandaps that are functioning are now charging twice as much to host an event.