Mysore, July 28 (RK & MRS)- Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has deferred a decision on Kingfisher Airlines’ demand for concession in sales tax on aviation fuel to operate flights to Mysore.

This was disclosed by ACICM Convenor M. Lakshmana, who led a demonstration at Mandakalli airport today urging the CM to take an early decision to facilitate the Airlines to operate from Aug. 15.

Lakshmana said that Kingfisher Airlines had demanded reduction of sales tax on aviation fuel from the existing 27% to 6% after the team of company executives expressed their satisfaction over the facilities available at Mandakalli Airport.

The CM held a meeting of officers from Infrastructure and other concerned departments recently and sought their opinions. The officers did not accept the demand saying it would be a bad precedent as other operators also may put forth similar demands when more airports start functioning in other cities.

Heeding to the advice, the CM deferred a decision on the matter. Opposing the stand taken by CM on the issue, Lakshmana argued that other proposed airports should not be equated with Mysore, a major tourist centre.

He urged the Chief Minister to negotiate with Kingfisher about the reduction in Sales Tax on aviation fuel and arrive at an amicable decision.

The ACICM agitation will be held in 5 stages including submission of memorandum to District in-Charge Minister and bringing land-losers to airport and to ask them to plough the land, Lakshmana disclosed.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore