The Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA) is organising a 15-day Food Mela from February 5 at Dasara Exhibition Grounds in city. This is the first time such an exhibition is being held here.
Addressing a press conference in city on Thursday, KEA chairman B Siddaraju said ‘The decision has been taken as the Dasara Exhibition got a overwhelming response. Despite the drought, Cauvery agitation and demonetisation of high denomination currency notes, 11 lakh people have visited the exhibition during 100 days, resulting in a revenue collection of Rs 8.1 crore. In 2015, 10 lakh people had visited the exhibition during 90 days, posting a revenue collection of Rs 6.82 crore, he added.
In addition, the Summer Mela, which was not held in 2016 due to several reasons, would be held from April 10 to May 25. The Summer Mela is expected to evoke good response from both tourists and Mysureans, said Siddaraju.
He said the tourism department secretary Naveen Raj Singh has written a letter to Deputy Commissioner D Randeep to take steps to hold all the exhibitions, held in various venues in the city at the Dasara Exhibition Grounds. The process for establishment of a permanent exhibition centre on 80 acres of the exhibition ground is underway,” he added.
Chief Executive Officer of KEA N M Shashi Kumar and others were present.