Tax waiver sought for World Cup games in Bengal

January 5th, 2011 - 11:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Jan 5 (IANS) The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Wednesday appealed to the West Bengal government to waive amusement tax on tickets for the upcoming World Cup matches here.CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya and joint secretary Biswarup Dey called on state Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta and requested him not to levy the 20 percent amusement tax which the government has imposed on the four games to be played at the Eden Gardens during the Feb-March quadrennial tournament.

The CAB had earlier announced that ticket prices will go up by 20 percent if the government levied the tax.

Of the four matches, the India-England Feb 27 encounter has ticket prices of Rs.1,200 and Rs.1,500.

The other three games involving Ireland and South Africa, Ireland and Netherlands, and Kenya and Zimbabwe has tickets of the denominations of Rs.700 and Rs.1,000.

“The finance minister has asked us to give him a report on the ticket prices, number of seats and facilities for spectators. We will hand it over to them,” Dalmiya said.

Dey said the state government had not levied any such tax during the 1987 and 1996 World Cup matches staged here.

“We also told him about the importance of the World Cup which comes every four years. Moreover, the amusement tax was levied on Aug 4 while online ticket sales started Aug 2. A waiver needs to be given,” Dey told IANS.

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