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Bottled water to be sold at Rs. 13 per litre in Kerala, Govt to issue ordinance

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM May 11: A decision was taken at the meeting between Minister P Thilothaman and representatives of the bottled water manufacturers’ association to fix the price of bottled water at Rs. 13 per litre in Kerala.
Earlier, the Kerala Bottled Water Manufacturers Association had agreed to sell drinking water at Rs. 12 per litre. Nevertheless, in the meeting on Thursday they told the minister that the price of bottles have gone up and requested him to fix the price at Rs. 15 per litre.
But the minister responded that such a price cannot be approved based on a namesake increase in the price of bottles, following which the association agreed for the price of Rs. 13 per litre.
Though the representatives of the vendors association were invited for the meeting, they did not turn up. Nonetheless, the minister said that the Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi state president T Naseeruddin had informed him before the meeting that they were ready to sell bottled water at the price of Rs. 12 per litre.
It were the bottled water manufacturers in Kerala who still agreed to reduce the price of bottled water. The other companies have not agreed to this.
For this reason, the government will come out with an ordinance making the price of bottled water as Rs. 13 per litre by including it under the Essential Articles Control Act.
Bottled drinking water is sold at a price of Rs. 20 per litre in Kerala. In train, the same is sold at a price of Rs. 15 per litre.
Association office bearers Soman Pillai, M E Muhammad, and Sajith tookpart in the meeting.