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B.S. Yeddyurappa
B.S. Yeddyurappa

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Yeddyurappa says it is a matter of pride to hold copyright

A private agency applied for patent for Golden Chariot

Trade policy for the Golden Chariot released

BANGALORE: The State Government will fight attempts by a private agency to patent the name Golden Chariot, which is also the name of Karnataka’s luxury train, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said on Wednesday.

His remarks came after reports that one of the general sales agents (GSAs) of the train applied for patent for the Golden Chariot.

Speaking here at the launch ceremony of the online reservation facility for the Golden Chariot, the Chief Minister said that it was a matter of prestige for the State to retain the copyright, and that the State Government would take legal opinion in this regard.

Further, Mr. Yeddyurappa, referring to the haulage charges imposed by the railways, said: “We feel that the haulage charges are expensive and should be reviewed.”

Meanwhile, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) Managing Director Vinay Luthra told reporters that the matter pertaining to copyright had been almost solved. “The GSA, who had applied for copyright, had agreed to shift the application in the name of KSTDC, and it is being followed up,” Mr. Luthra said.

The online reservation provides for value-added services such as streamlining bookings, allocation of the cabins, food preferences and additional services such as wheel chair and so on. It is a first of its kind facility in the luxury train segment, and with this facility now open, the luxury train is set to become even more comfortable to tourists from all over the world.

The KSTDC also announced its tie-up with The Leela group of hotels to facilitate and market The Golden Chariot in India and abroad. On the occasion, the trade policy for the Golden Chariot was also released. This policy document outlines the roles, responsibilities and marketing initiatives by the trade partners and also outlines the policy to be adopted for the online reservation system.

Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy, Minister for IT and BT Katta Subramanya Naidu and Principal Secretary, Department of Tourism, Subir Hari Singh were present.

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