Hoteliers sore at 1000 pc hike in license fee

Citys hotels, establishments to pay more than Bangalore

Mincing no words in criticising the act of Mysore City Corporation which has hiked the trade license by a good thousand per cent, President of Hotel Owners’ Association P Rajendra said the members were left with no choice but to voice their disagreement.

Addressing media persons here on Friday, Rajendra said this was going to have adverse effect on the hospitality industry in a city that was known as tourism hub. “We have voiced our concerns and even made a representation before the Mayor. Though she promised to look into the matter, nothing much came out of that meeting,” he added. 

Stating that none of the members were willing to pay more than what existed before, Rajendra said if the MCC authorities forced them to close the establishment, every member hotel in the city would down its shutters in protest. 

“According to the policies, license fee should be hiked by 20 per cent every year. But, MCC on its part, has hiked it in such a manner that it has sent a jolt to all of us. There is no way we can sustain business after paying this kind of fees,” Rajendra said. 

Star hotels which were paying Rs 18,000 so far, will now have to pay Rs 50,000. A grade boarding homes will have to pay Rs 30,000 from the current Rs 2,400. This is highly unscientific and has to be withdrawn immediately,” he said adding people were doing trade by the roadside, with huge number of people engaged in running tea houses, hotels and bakeries. They should also be brought under trade purview and MCC should monitor if all of them are being honest in paying taxes. 

Vice president C Narayanagowda, secretary M S Jayaprakash, joint secretary A S Satish, treasurer P N Kundar and others were present in the meeting. 

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