New Delhi: The organisers of the Indian Grand Prix said they have "in-principal approval" for custom exemption and they are even ready to pay whatever duty is required to hold the October 30 race.
A report in a national daily claimed that since the government does not classify Formula One as a sport, it was not willing to grant any exemption to the organisers and hence JPSI will have to pay Custom Duty on the temporary import of F1 equipment to the country.
However, Jaypee Sports International Limited (JPSI) insisted they have support from all quarters.
"JPSI has full support from the government, the sports ministry and the customs department for the F1 event scheduled for October this year. We have an in-principle approval from the customs department for creating a customs bonded area for F1 equipment that will be temporarily imported to India," Sameer Gaur, MD and CEO, JPSI said in a statement.
"If required, as per the law of the land, JPSI will pay customs duties and taxes etc. for the temporary import of equipment. The estimated value of this equipment is about Rs 150 crore and the final duty payable on this will be approximately Rs eight crore," Gaur added.