Bottled water still at Rs 20; Price reduction remains on paper
Bottled water still at Rs 20; Price reduction remains on paper

Bottled water still at Rs 20; Price reduction remains on paper


Kollam: The decision of the Kerala Bottled Water Manufacturers Association to reduce the price of packaged water to Rs 13 in the state remains uncertain due to the disagreement from one group in the association. The association had demanded that the price of bottled water which is sold for Rs 20 in shops should be reduced to Rs 12. The government intervened and issued an ordinance to fix the price at Rs 13. However, as the multinational corporates refused to change the price, the reduction remains unimplemented. With this, the small scale vendors were put in crisis and were compelled to sell the bottles at the old price. 154 companies have the license to manufacture and distribute bottled drinking water. This includes those who sell one litre bottle of drinking water and others who sell smaller quantities. It was announced that the reduction will come into force from April 2, but was not implemented. Many of the companies also claim that higher price is charged due to the high quality of the packaged water. But the quality of packaged water as been fixed as per IS (Indian Standard) 14543. The Kerala Bottled Water Manufacturers Association state executive member Ram said that the public should be aware of this.



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