Tourist transporters seek sops for Commonwealth Games 2010

September 24th, 2008 - 9:27 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 24 (IANS) A leading association of tourist transporters Wednesday sought active cooperation from the government in providing better transport facility for visitors to the city during the Commonwealth Games in 2010.”The government at the centre and in the state should extend all possible help to tourist transporters to ensure visitors coming to Delhi for the event do not face any hardship,” said Indian Tourist Transporters Association (ITTA).

Delhi’s Commonwealth Games 2010 are scheduled to start Oct 3, 2010.

“Looking at the magnitude of the event, there is a need for coordinated efforts from all the stakeholders to make the Commonwealth Games a stupendous success,” ITTA president Sarabjit Singh told reporters here.

He said ITTA’s city-based members have over 7,500 tourist vehicles, including around 300 luxury coaches.

“The organising committee for the Games should decide on the type of vehicles required and suited for the event and prospective users. Accordingly, we will work out our fleet building strategy,” he said.

Singh also sought incentives like tax exemption for the tourist transporters to help them upgrade their fleet.

“The tourist transport operators should be allowed duty-free import of luxury vehicles, and should be given exemption from excise duty and value added tax on the purchase of vehicles within India,” said Singh.

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