Now that the Madras High Court has set aside an order by the Tamil Nadu government refusing to increase ticket prices in cinema theatres in the state and directed it to consider afresh the representation by Tamil Nadu Exhibitors Association for a hike, ticket prices in the state are expected to go up soon.
“This will be implemented after the government decides on new ticket rates and announces it,” sources said.
The First Bench of Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice R. Mahadevan passed the order on a PIL moved by the association assailing the Government Order dated October 21.
The Bench also directed the government to reconsider the request within a month after considering the issue afresh based on the grounds delineated by the association.
Passing orders on a PIL by the association, which had sought increase in the ticket prices citing various factors, including hike in the entertainment tax, the court said it was not satisfied with the October 21 last government order.
“Merely to state that nothing has changed in the last 10 years begs the question, as it can hardly be disputed that on various accounts costs have increased including basic aspects like electricity cost D.A payable (to employees), entertainment tax, etc.
“We are thus not satisfied with the disposal of the representation made by the petitioners to government and thus direct that fresh consideration should take place based on the parameters set out by the petitioner and a decision should be taken within a maximum period of one month from today,” the court said.