Thursday, 7 January 2010

Hockey WC organizing committee demands tax waiver

Hockey India representatives have requested Delhi government facilities like waiving of entertainment tax and luxury tax on hotels rooms to be booked for championship delegates, dedicated air-conditioned buses to ferry the athletes and delegates from the venue and practice venues.
Earlier this week, Delhi goverment had announced similar tax exemptions for 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in Oct.

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But the government officials seem less than keen to meet the requirements for 2010 World Cup and are citing cost as a reason.

Delhi will play host to the Men’s Hockey World Cup between February 28 and March 13. And in an assertive stand before the event,

Hockey India is demanding benefits equal to those being extended to Commonwealth Games delegates. The event will see participation from 12 sporting nations.

Hockey India team met Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta in this connection to put forward their demands.

“They are demanding 15 AC buses for the duration of the championship and preceding that. One AC bus earns revenue of at least Rs 10,000 per day. Also, waiving luxury and entertainment tax would dent the exchequer further,” said a senior Delhi government official, requesting anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

The government, in a cabinet meeting on Monday, waived luxury tax on hotel rooms booked by the Commonwealth Games 2010 Organising Committee for its athletes, delegates, sport physicians and international media persons. This is a waiver of Rs 30 crore and has been stipulated under the terms and conditions of the Commonwealth Games contract.

The officials now say that the decision on whether to accord similar relaxation in taxes and facilities for the forthcoming hockey championship has been left to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.


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