It is common experience of consumers, that packaged drinking water is often found selling at 10-20% higher rates at restaurants, Malls, and other locations. But this is an offence under Section 36 of Legal Metrology Act clearly says anyone caught selling, distributing or delivering any pre-packaged commodity that does not conform to the declarations on the package shall be punished with fine up to Rs 25,000 for the first offence. It can increase to Rs 50,000 for second offence and subsequent offences can attract a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh or imprisonment for one year or both.
Local young advocate Harshvardhan Patil resident of Piranwadi has taken up this battle against the hotels and establishments who are charging more than the MRP for bottled water. Most of us ignore and don’t bother about this particular law as we have no time to run around this malpractice.
He has filed police complaints on 13 hotels across Belagavi. Rs.20 MRP mineral water bottle of various brands was being sold for Rs.126, Rs.40, Rs.50 at dozens of hotels across Belagavi.
Almost all the hotels after this complaint are selling the water at MRP he said in a press meet.
One could connect with Harshavardhan on 96111 44479.