Mysore, July 17 (KMC)- The Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA) has decided not to hike the entrance fee for the famed Dasara Exhibition that is slated to begin from Oct. 8, announced KEA Chairman B.P. Manjunath.

He was speaking at the 116th meeting of the KEA administrative board held here yesterday.

The exhibition will be held for 87 days, that is from Oct. 8, 2010 to Jan. 2, 2011, he said and added that there were indications to hike the entrance fee this year, in keeping with the hikes in entry fees to the Zoo, the Palace and other places of tourist interest in city, putting forth various reasons, including higher costs of maintenance.

"The proposal to hike entry fee to the exhibition was however turned down, keeping in mind that a majority of those visiting the exhibition comprised people from the lower middle-class," Manjunath said and added efforts will be made to earn more revenue by attracting more number of tourists to Expo.

"It has also been decided to provide concession for children and free entry for the physically challenged," Manjunath said and expressed his desire to provide battery-powered vehicles for the aged and physically challenged persons to go round the Expo.

Raitha Santhe

Referring to the work on Yeddyurappa Raitha Santhe (vegetable shandy) behind the Dasara Exhibition Ground that has been stalled because of a court stay order, Manjunath said that all the relevant details will be provided to the court soon and the stay will be vacated, after which the work will be recommenced.

KEA Chief Executive Officer Hemanth Kumar and others were present at the meeting.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore