Karnataka issues notification for privatising tourism properties

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The Karnataka government has issued a notification privatising over 18 Tourism Department properties. The private sector will be able to operate these properties on the basis of Renovate, Operate, Manage and Transfer policy, announced by the government in the Karnataka Tourism Policy 2014-19.

Hotel Mayura Samudra located at Gokarna, a dormitory at Melukote, Yatri Nivas in Aihole, Hotel Mayura at Pushpagiri near Halebidu, and Hotel Mayura Keshava in Somanathapura are among the 18 properties to be handed over to private players for a period of 30 years.

Severe staff crunch, poor maintenance, and inadequate infrastructure are among the main reasons that have forced the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) to go for privatisation.

Defending KSTDC’s decision on privatisation, R V Deshpande, Minister for Tourism, Government of Karnataka, said, “It would help to provide better amenities and improve infrastructure facilities for the benefit of both domestic and international tourists to the state. The flow of tourists is also likely to increase.”