The verdict of Bangalore's Special Court against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha property row to leave a dark shadow over dasara activities. The flow of tourists from Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Andhra Pradesh was expected more during this dasara. Whereas, the Tourism promoters say the verdict will surely affect the flood of tourists from neighbouring states this year.
Tamil Nadu Tourists were coming in large number to watch dasara and also offer puja to Goddess Chamundeshwari during Navaratri. With continuous government holiday, large number of Bangaloreans were also planning to throng Mysore this dasara.
Mysore Travel Agents Association President SP Shanthinath said: “Soon after the verdict is declared Tamil Nadu tourists are asking for the cancellation of bookings. The TN tourists who are already in city are in fix. Some want to go back, while some are planning to take decision studying the intensity of situation. In all, tourist inflow will be definitely decrease during dasara.”
Safe Wheels MD Prashanth said: “We have already received good number of tourists from Chennai and Andhra Pradesh. Even more people are expected in coming two days. We have to wait and watch how people react over the issue. If they decide to step back, tourism will be affected severely in this dasara.”
JP Urs of Mount Kailas Tours and Travels said: “We put all our efforts to convince the tourists not to cancel their programmes. About 12 tourists from TN have booked for October 3 from our travels and so far we have not received any calls.”