India vs England 2016/17: Two Vendors In Dock For Overcharging Products At Wankhade Stadium
In Mumbai, the Legal Metrology Department (LMD) has registered a case against two stall owners for selling their goods at higher rates than their Maximum Retail Price (MRP) at Wankhede Staidum, which also caused inconvenience to fans on match days.
“During the inspection it was observed, (that) stalls located at the ground floor of Wankhede stadium were selling one litre water bottle for Rs 50, whereas MRP is Rs 20,” said Amitabh Gupta, controller of state Legal Metrology Department (LMD), quoted as saying by The Asian Age.
On the pretext of cooling, the vendors in recently concluded fourth Test between India and England at Wankhede were found selling a mineral water bottle for Rs. 50 which has the price tag of Rs 20.
“Case has been registered against the seller for violations of Legal Metrology Act and rules made there under as this is a clear cut case of overcharging, which is not allowed,” he added.
As the scale of profiteering by vendors is considered enormous, in an all-important step – the LMD has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to curb such malpractices like overcharging by their vendors while giving them strict instructions to avoid such practices or otherwise face the brunt of the law.
“Charging above MRP on any pretext including cooling charge or transportation is an offence under the Central Law of Metrology Act provisions,” Gupta remarked.
It’s likely the LMD would be carrying such raids in future to keep a tight vigil on stalls owners in the stadium.
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