Around 20 cases were registered by the legal metrology department (LMD), Visakhapatnam, during its two-day inspection on water plants and retail dealers of packaged drinking water in and around the city. Cases were registered due to the absence of statutory mandatory declarations that are supposed to be printed on the package under the legal metrology (PC) Rule 2011.
The raids were conducted in Visakhapatnam, Gajuwaka, Pendurthi, Kasimkota, Elamanchili, Anakapalli, Narsipatnam and Atchuyuthapuram. According to the Act, the mandatory declarations on the packaged drinking water include Maximum Retail sale price (inclusive of all taxes) and consumer care details in case of complaints. Further, it has also been ordered that the retail dealers of packaged drinking water cannot sell more than the MRP printed on the product.
"It is mandatory for water plants and the retail dealers of packaged drinking water to get certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Secondly, the packaging license should be obtained from the legal metrology department,” informed deputy controller (LM), B Madhusudhana Reddy.
Adding to that he said that frequently consumers have been raising complaints over the quality of water sold in cans and also regarding the prices of the bottle being above the MRP. Dr. M Kantha Rao, IG of Police who assumed charge as Controller, Legal Metrology, Andhra Pradesh, this month, said, “There will be regular department vigil over this trade, and in case of violations, a case will be registered.”
An awareness drive will be conducted in the city so that the drinking water dealers are aware of the rules to be maintained. Around two months’ time will be given to retailers and dealers to apply for a license and those with no license, will be fined and required action will be taken, said K Rajesh, Assistant Controller from LMD. Meanwhile, a meeting was held by department officials wherein a strategic approach was discussed.
Source: Times of India
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