State­ment on Price of Wa­ter

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It is fur­ther held by the Na­tional Com­mis­sion that mere avail­abil­ity of drink­ing wa­ter from the cafe­te­ria will not be suf­fi­cient to en­force pro­hi­bi­tion of car­ry­ing drink­ing wa­ter in­side the cin­ema hall. If the drink­ing wa­ter is avail­able for pur­chase from the cafe­te­ria of the cin­ema hall, that will not be enough, con­sid­er­ing the high cost of the drink­ing wa­ter sold there. The huge profit that the cafe­te­ria makes on sale of drink­ing wa­ter will ob­vi­ously be shared with the own­ers of the cin­ema halls, in the form of li­cense fee for the cafe­te­ria. If the owner of the cin­ema hall him­self is run­ning the cafe­te­ria, the en­tire profit from sale of drink­ing wa­ter, at such an ex­or­bi­tant price, will ob­vi­ously go to him.

In the con­text of the case be­ing dis­cussed here, the Com­mis­sion stated that drink­ing wa­ter was ac­tu­ally not avail­able on the day when the com­plainant was not al­lowed to carry wa­ter in­side the hall. No ev­i­dence was given by the pe­ti­tioner to prove ac­tual avail­abil­ity of free-of-cost drink­ing wa­ter for the com­plainant on the said date.

Pro­nounc­ing the fi­nal ver­dict, the Com­mis­sion up­held the judge­ment of the State Com­mis­sion and held the cin­ema hall de­fi­cient in pro­vid­ing ser­vices. How­ever, it waived off the par­tial or­der for de­posit­ing Rs 5,000 in the consumer wel­fare fund. Apart from that, the com­pen­sa­tion and the lit­i­ga­tion fee had to be paid to the com­plainant.

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