To encourage people from other states to take part in Dasara celebration, the state government has waived off the road tax that other state vehicle are otherwise liable to pay upon entering the state.
The vehicles that arrive from other states to Mysore between September 28 and October 7 need not pay road tax.
Tour operator have made this appeal to the government. They said that owing to the steep tax imposed on vehicles, many potential tourists were reluctant to come to Mysore.
Had it not been for this exemption, the vehicles coming into the state would have had to pay road tax for the current quarter. For example, a passenger car valued at Rs6 lakh would have had to pay tax at the rate of 14% of the vehicle cost.
Mysore Dasara attracts tourists from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. According to the transport department, last year, more than 4,800 vehicles from these states had arrived.
When asked if the waiver did not inflict a loss to the state exchequer, the officials admitted it was a loss but when compared with the indirect benefits, to Dasara tourism as a whole, it was profitable.
The officials manning state borders have been briefed about the waiver of tax and flyers have been sent to the tourism departments of other states to give the decision a wide publicity.
The president of Mysore Travel Agents’ Association, CA Jaikumar, said though this was a good move, there were other issues that the government had to resolve for higher inflow of tourists.
He said the government is not doing enough to attract more tourists to Mysore.
“However, we are not waiting for the government anymore and the association will hold world tourism day celebration on September 27 with a theme, ‘Tourism Linking Culture’.
A special counter will be opened at the city railway station, which will be manned by the association and is designed to give information to the tourists,” he told DNA.
The tourists arriving by train that day will be welcomed with flowers and sweets, he said.