GHMC to crack whip on Hyderabad theatres

GHMC to crack whip on Hyderabad theatres
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GHMC to Crack Whip on Hyderabad Theatres. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has been losing revenue of Rs 90 crore annually due to non-payment of entertainment tax by cinema theatres and multiplexes in the city. The GHMC is supposed to get Rs 120 crore annually but is only getting Rs 30 to 35 crore.

For non-payment of entertainment tax

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has been losing revenue of Rs 90 crore annually due to non-payment of entertainment tax by cinema theatres and multiplexes in the city. The GHMC is supposed to get Rs 120 crore annually but is only getting Rs 30 to 35 crore.

GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar and other officials chalked out a plan to pursue the issue of collection of taxes. It was decided that theatre owners would now have to inform via SMS about the seat occupancy 30 minutes after a film starts to the GHMC. The information would be automatically recorded at the GHMC central server.

Somesh Kumar said that there are 164 cinema halls with a cumulative seating capacity of 1.5 lakh seats under the GHMC limits. As per government orders, theatres have to pay 20 per cent of the amount collected from ticket sales to the civic body.

The Commissioner also informed that surprise checks would be conducted in theatres to check the occupancy. Special teams would keep a tab on private events, stage shows and other events in the city and in resorts and clubs.

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