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Gujarat: PIL wants ‘outside food’ in cinemas

AHMEDABAD: A public passion litigation in Gujarat top court on Wednesday sought directions to multiplexes to allow film goers to enter cinema halls with food and water brought with them.

The PIL has taken exception to the current prohibition imposed by multiplexes on sporting eatables and water for the film goers. The petitioners, Sanjeev Ezhava and Arpit Shukla from Surat, have additionally complained that the multiplexes sell food within their premises at exorbitant rates, and demanded that this tradition be stopped. They have sought HC directions to the government to remove all food stalls and food lounges from the multiplex premises.

The PIL contended that the multiplexes are minting money by restraining film goers from sporting their very own food and water and selling junk food to them at exorbitant rates. The practice is harmful for the health of younger and elder people, especially those who are diabetic.

The petitioners claimed that the practice of now not allowing outdoor food and water within a cinema hall is without any prison basis. The Gujarat Cinema Rules, 2014 does now not have such provision. In reality, the principles don't permit hawking, taking order and supplying food and drinks within cinema hall. Hence, the food living room and stalls should be removed from multiplex premises.

The petitioners quoted a prison grievance filed sooner than Surat police after one of the petitioners used to be restrained from taking food within cinema hall in July 2018. Cops filed a closure file without investigating the episode.

The PIL demands common inspection by government of multiplexes and cinema halls beneath the provisions of the Gujarat Cinema (Regulation) Act, 2004. They have argued that mere choice of leisure tax and Goods & Service Tax (GST) isn't sufficient, but the concerned government will have to discharge their duty by implementing law in the passion of people and forestall the unlawful practice.

The PIL has additionally demanded measures by multiplexes for fireplace protection and to take care of emergency situation. It seeks directions for multiplexes to offer elevators for audience at the time in their exit the best way they are equipped at the time of entry. A short documentary should be proven at first of the show to avert Uphaar Cinema like tragedy, stated petitioners’ suggest Vishal Dave.

The HC has determined to take up this PIL for listening to next week.

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