Theatres seeks service charge on tickets transporters eye tax shop

A delegation each of transporters and theatre owners and film exhibitors met chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday seeking concessions such as permission to levy a service charge on cinema tickets and exemption from taxes and license fees to offset pandemic induced losses in revenue.

The meetings were attended by NCP chief Sharad Pawar. The transporter including bus, tempo, truck, tanker operators sought exemption from annual motor vehicle tax, waiver of motor tax on vehicles transporting to schools and religious places and provisions for parking spaces across the state. They also demanded lifting of the 10 to 16 hour ban on entry of heavy vehicles in major cities and reduction of police powers to inspect public service vehicles.

Thackeray said that a solution will be worked out to address the crisis faced by them. He also directed for adequate parking spots of the vehicles and also said trauma centres will be set up at check posts.

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