Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tourists now have to pay tax if they are planning to visit Golden Temple, Durgiana temple and even if they want see the daily flag hoisting ceremony at India-Pakistan international border.
According to media reports, a new city beautification fund would be relevant on tourists living in hotels. The Amritsar Municipal Corporation (AMC) has asked hotel owners to charge Rs 200, Rs 100 and Rs 50 per room per day from tourists staying in five, three to four star hotels, and other accommodations, respectively.

AMC commissioner D P S Kharbanda said the collected funs would use for the beautification purpose. “The funds would be spent on beautification of parks, installing decorative lights and maintaining gardens”, adding that House has already showed a green signal to the decision and like service tax, hotel owners would be required to deposit the tax.

Meanwhile, hotel owners are unhappy with the decision and BJP municipal councillors who have recommended AMC to abstain from taking such steps ahead of Lok Sabha elections. “We will oppose this new tax. Even though we have to just collect fund on the basis of occupancy from tourists and deposit it, this would not be a good idea,” Federation of hotel and guesthouse association president Harinder Singh told media.

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