According to the latest amendment of the Legal Metrology Packaged Commodities (LMPC) law, Dual MRP Prices are not allowed on Mineral Water Bottle and other prepackaged commodities.
Selling Packaged Drinking Water above MRP could attract the penalty of Rs. 2,000 for a first offence and even imprisonment of six months for a second offence. But, it is found that, this practice still continues in the Hyderabad City. Multiplexes, cinema halls, airports and bus stations are still selling Packaged Water Bottles above MRP.
Due to the lack of the action from the Consumer Affairs, Food and Civil Supplies, and even Legal Metrology departments in enforcing the rules and also the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, Mr. Pendyala Satish Kumar has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) before the Hyderabad High Court. He complained to the court about the dual MRP prices on Packaged Drinking Water.
After notifying the amended Rules 2017 by the Centre, he said that, in May 2017 the Karnataka government conducted raids on malls and multiplexes across the state for overpricing and selling mineral water above the MRP and the Maharashtra government also issued notices to MRP Violators.