Mysore, June 4 (SH)- Good news for visitors to Chamundi Hill. Henceforth devotees and tourists going to the Hill don't have to pay entry fee in future.

As a result of the decision taken by the district administration in the backdrop of complaints by public that the contractor, who had been awarded the tender for collection of vehicle parking fee, was harassing the tourists and devotees visiting the Hill, both the tender awarded by the Gram Panchayat in whose jurisdiction the Chamundi Hill falls as well as the parking fee for vehicles were withdrawn.

It was also decided in the meeting chaired by the Deputy Commissioner on May 30 to make good from the District Administration the loss suffered by the Gram Panchayat as a result of cancellation of the contract.

The Chamundeshwari Temple refunded Rs. 12 lakh out of the amount remitted by the contractor to the Gram Panchayat on Wednesday (June 2) itself. Entry fee for vehicle was withdrawn from Thursday (June 3).

Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan had held discussions with Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Panchayat Dr. N. Manjula, Chief Executive Officer of Taluk Panchayat Papanna, the new members of Chamundi Hill Gram Panchayat, the Secretary and Executive Officer of the Temple regarding relief to the devotees and tourists from the irritation of vehicle parking fee and decided on withdrawing the vehicular parking fee atop the Hill.

The important decision of making good the loss of amount to Gram Panchayat by the management of the temple itself was also taken in the meeting on May 30.

The right to collect vehicle parking fee had been given to the successful bidder at Rs. 44,04,100. The contractor had already remitted Rs. 28,52,050. The collection during the first two months was Rs. 7 lakh.

The temple management has already refunded Rs. 12 lakh to the Gram Panchayat. The remaining amount of Rs. 11.52 lakh including Rs. 2.35 lakh under business loss will also be refunded after obtaining gove-rnment clearances before September 30, it was decided.

Further, to the amount of Rs. 47.04 lakh being the tender amount of this year will be paid to the Gram Panchayat by adding 10 per cent more in future years, officials of the temple disclosed.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore