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Aquarium, go-karting get space at Dasara expo

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Tender finalised in favour of Fun World and Resorts

Attractions: Amusement rides will be held as part of the annual Dasara exhibition in Mysore. — FILE PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Attractions: Amusement rides will be held as part of the annual Dasara exhibition in Mysore. — FILE PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

The Mysore Dasara exhibition tender for this season has been finalised in favour of Fun World and Resorts India Pvt. Ltd. from Bangalore.

Chairman of the Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA) B.P. Manjunath told presspersons here on Tuesday that the tender amount of Rs. 2.18 crore was an increase of Rs. 23 lakh over last year.

Three other parties had bid for the tender, but their bid was rejected for technical reasons. Fun World and Resorts had quoted Rs. 2.07 crore in its financial bid, but this was increased to Rs. 2.18 crore following consultations, he said.

Plans for the expo

A huge aquarium, go-karting, air surfing and new amusement rides would be part of the exhibition this year, Mr. Manjunath said.

A stall depicting social activist Anna Hazare's fight against corruption would also be set up.

The entry fee had been increased from Rs. 10 to Rs. 15, he said.

For the first time, a ticket draw would be held with a car to be won.

The Zoo Authority of Karnataka had been requested to provide battery-operated vehicles to help senior citizens and those with disabilities go around the exhibition area.

Doddakere maidan

Chief Executive Officer of the KEA, Hemanth Kumar, said that Doddakere maidan on the other side of the road, which was under dispute till recently, would be used for free parking.

Mr. Manjunath said he would take a delegation to Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar of the royal family, who had claimed that the land belonged to him, to clear any confusion on the issue and as a matter of courtesy to the family that had allowed the land to be used for the exhibitions in the past.

Charges denied

Mr. Manjunath denied charges that his family member had received a contract under the finalised tender. He would welcome any probe into the matter, he said, and alleged that those who had failed to secure the contract had floated the rumour.

Both technical and financial tenders had been invited to finalise contracts through electronic tender procedures. There was no way he or other officials of the KEA could have influenced the process, he said. Only three officials of the KEA were part of the 18-member team that had scrutinised the bids for nearly three days, he added.


  • Stall depicting social activist Anna Hazare's fight against corruption to be set up
  • Entry fee increased from Rs. 10 to Rs. 15


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