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Mounting losses, power bills put cinema hall owners in fix

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Tribune News Service

Muktsar, September 17

Cinema halls are lying closed from the past about six months due to which their owners are suffering mounting losses. But there is another trouble for the owners as the PSPCL is issuing bills on a average basis.

Jagjit Singh Fattanwala, owner of a cinema hall here, said: "The state government should give some compensation or relaxation to the cinema hall owners, who are already distressed. The theatres have been lying closed since the lockdown was imposed, but the PSPCL is issuing electricity bills on the average of last year. Is it possible for someone to pay the hefty bill and that too when everything is lying closed? I was recently handed out a bill of Rs 4.25 lakh for my cinema hall. The state government should think about it."

"The Centre should allow us to open the cinema halls with some conditions. When everything else is open in the market then why is the government not allowing the cinemas to operate?" he added.

Another cinema hall owner said: "We are suffering huge losses and the government seems to be unwilling to save the dying industry. If no compensation is allowed soon, it will also affect Pollywood. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh should give some concessions at least in electricity bills to save us and also write to the Union Government in this regard."



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