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No entry tax for vehicles coming into Mysore between September 30 and October 12

As many as 25 kiosks to be set up in the city

250 volunteers trained at management school

MYSORE: In an effort to boost tourist inflow, the Government has exempted from entry tax vehicles coming into Mysore between September 30 and October 12.

According to the order, tourist buses, maxi-cabs and private vehicles that will be exempted from paying any entry fee at the State border during the Dasara period.

The authorities said that this exemption would be valid only for those vehicles coming into Mysore. The high entry fee imposed by the Government was reckoned to be a major hurdle in boosting tourist traffic to the State. The temporary reprieve during Dasara is expected to make a positive impact.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Department is going all out to woo people visiting Mysore and flood them with information during the Dasara. As many as 25 kiosks will be established across the city. The kiosks, designed aesthetically by the students of Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, will be manned by volunteers trained to deal with tourists and furnish them with information pertaining to the city and Dasara. The volunteers have been selected from colleges in and around the city.

The 250 volunteers have been imparted training at the SDM Institute of Management Studies and they will be attired in traditional uniform — girls will wear sari and boys “kurta” and “pyjama.”

Information kiosks will come up at the railway station; city, suburban and private bus stands; major places of tourist attraction such as the palace, the KRS reservoir, Chamundi Hills; and commercial areas such as Devaraja Urs Road, K.R. Circle and Saayaji Rao Road among others.

Each of the 25 kiosks will be equipped with a walkie-talkie and a cell phone, and the kiosks will be interlinked. There will also be three mobile kiosks.

The authorities are also adopting modern channels of communication including sponsoring of jingles on 93.5 FM channel.

Welcome arches will be installed at all entry points to Mysore and these will carry not only the Dasara programme schedule, but also details of places of tourist interest in an around Mysore.

The authorities have decided not to promote home stay in Mysore this year as their efforts did not yield good results.