Entry tax waiver for tourist vehicles entering Mysuru, Mandya on cards
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Entry tax waiver for tourist vehicles entering Mysuru, Mandya on cards

August 30, 2022

Officials working out single-ticket system for Palace, Zoo, Chamundi Hill, Flower Show, Exhibition

Mysore/Mysuru: Mysuru District Minister S.T. Somashekar has directed officials to extend the benefit of vehicle entry tax rebate to tourist vehicles arriving in the neighbouring Mandya district too along with Mysuru. He asked them to submit a proposal to the Government in this regard.

Holding a preliminary Dasara meeting at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office last evening, the Minister’s attention was drawn to the demand made by the tourism industry stakeholders to consider waiver of entry tax on tourist vehicles from other States to Mysuru during Dasara season to encourage footfall and revive tourism.

Usually, the State Government offers entry tax exemption to tourist vehicles from other neighbouring States including Kerala and Tamil Nadu on all ten days during Dasara. Until now, the benefit was given only to vehicles entering Mysuru.

Officials told the Minister that as visitors coming to Mysuru also visit the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) Dam, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary and many water points in and around Srirangapatna that are in Mandya district, the entry tax waiver must be extended to Mandya district also. Responding to the request, the Minister asked officials to submit a proposal to the Government.

The Karnataka Tourism

Society has sought various measures from the State Government to boost tourist footfall since the celebrations are going to be grand this year after two years of low-key festivities.

They pointed out that tourist vehicles from neighbouring States were earlier allowed without payment of permit and entry tax during Dasara as tourism promotion and demanded that the facility must be extended this year too. The Society has urged Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to make an announcement that tourist vehicles can enter without payment of entry permit and taxes from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31.

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 Single entry ticket

Like every year, this Dasara too there is a proposal to introduce a single ticket for entry to various tourist attractions in the city. As a pilot project, a single-window ticket system would be introduced during Dasara. If the response from the tourists is good then it will be in place permanently, the Minister was told.

 It was found that tourists waste a lot of time at tourist places purchasing tickets.  Many of them fed up with the waiting would even leave for other places. As a result, tourism was being hit.

 Officials are working out a plan to have a single-entry ticket for Palace, Zoo, Karanji Lake, Chamundi Hill, Dasara Exhibition and the Flower Show. Deputy Commissioner Dr. Bagadi Gautham, the Dasara Special Officer, said that the single ticket system is still in its experimental stage and care will be taken not to cause any revenue loss to any Department.

 Other topics discussed at the meeting were ‘Kaigarike Dasara’ (industrial Dasara) and Arogya Mela (health camp) during the 10-day festival. A Dasara ‘Theme Song’ is being worked out and many songs have been presented by local music troupes. A final decision will be taken on the chosen song after listening to more such songs performed by local troupes.

 Additional Deputy Commissioner Dr. B.S. Manjunathaswamy, City Police Commissioner Dr. Chandragupta, MCC Commissioner G. Lakshmikantha Reddy, Zilla Panchayat CEO B.R. Poornima, Deputy Conservator of Forests Dr. V. Karikalan and other officers were present.

6 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Entry tax waiver for tourist vehicles entering Mysuru, Mandya on cards”

  1. Sanjay Kini says:

    Can a request be made to the Ministry of civil aviation to introduce special flights on a trial basis to Mysuru from Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata during the Dasara Fortnight from September 25th to Oct 10th and Karnataka Tourism can market Mysuru with last year’s illumination videos at the airports so that people from these cities can visit Mysuru during Dasara and if there is good occupancy make the flights permanent fixture?

  2. A says:

    Here @Kini goes again, bringing more crowd from other parts of India, through air polluted flights!
    Why would any one wants to come to this overcrowded, pollution filled and unhealthy dump of city Mysore has become
    Just to see the Palace illumination. It is no longer a novelty at all.
    The only ones who want to take these flights are the corrupt officials and others who have become rich through receipt of bribes
    and want to launder their ill-gotten wealth.
    Mysore held some fascination of a beautiful and serene city in 1950s, when I was a student of engineering there.
    Although JC Wadiyar was busy holding his Durbar and the city was celebrating Dasara, the truth was that he was no longer a
    Maharaja, and hence, those Durbars were meaningless pomp and pageantry.
    with the expansion of the Mysore airport to receive A320/737 passenger jets, and a non-stop service from UAE to Mysore is assured by
    Narendra Modi during his recent stop over in the UAE, the only ones who benefit will be Keralite criminal gangs resident in the UAE,who
    are currently smuggling gold into Kerala, through its 4 airports, and who want to expand this smuggling business into Mysore.
    @Kini is perhaps unaware of the flooding of gold into Mysore-the city has more gold and hence jewellery shops than ever before.
    Has @Kini not aware of the increase of crimes attributed to Hawala channel money transactions, perpetrated by Keralite criminals, who
    work for the above UAE Keralite bosses?
    Keep expanding Mysore into Greater Mysore, creating more spaces for more Keralite and Tamil immigrants, most of them work in the underworld.
    Otherwise , how could they afford to buy properties which are so expensive?
    Well, @Kini, keep at your ideas of so called tourism. Mysore in a few years will be worse than Bangalore, with imported crimes .

  3. Appukuttan says:

    Here @Kini goes again, bringing more crowd from other parts of India, through air polluted flights!
    Why would any one wants to come to this overcrowded, pollution filled and unhealthy dump of city Mysore has become
    Just to see the Palace illumination. It is no longer a novelty at all.
    The only ones who want to take these flights are the corrupt officials and others who have become rich through receipt of bribes
    and want to launder their ill-gotten wealth.
    Mysore held some fascination of a beautiful and serene city in 1950s, when I was a student of engineering there.

  4. Appukuttan says:

    Hey Vikram
    The SOM website is jacked. Posts are modified.

  5. Appukuttan says:

    Correction: hacked.

  6. Aravind says:

    This Appukuttan & 2 others seem to have sick mind. They keep harping about dubai, gold , drugs, malayalee etc. They seem to be incapable of succeeding in life & end up blaming others for their dismal failures

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