Mysuru: Vehemently opposing the Tourism and Sericulture Minister S.R. Mahesh’s plans to shift the Mysore Race Course (MRC) to city outskirts and convert the present MRC land into a Botanical Garden, BJP National Council Member and former Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA) Chairman B.P. Manjunath said that the 139.30-acre Race Course was the most ideal place for horse-racing. Addressing a press conference at Pathrakarthara Bhavan yesterday, Manjunath said that instead of focusing on shifting MRC, the Minister should concentrate on completing all pending tourism projects in Mysuru. “The very idea of shifting the MRC and developing it into a Botanical Garden on MRC land is flawed and illogical as it would damage the tourism prospects of this Heritage and Cultural city. It will affect the employment of around 3,000 people associated with the Turf Club,” he said. Manjunath said that MRC was a contribution of Mysore Royal family and along with the Golf Club its total annual turnover is over Rs. 400 crore. “More than Rs. 39 crore is being paid as taxes every year and if such an institution moves to the city outskirts, the government will lose revenue and at the same time, thousands of people will be rendered… Read full this story
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