AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh government, has taken the decision to create a portal and sell cinema tickets online. On Wednesday an order was issued by Principal Secretary (Home) Kumar Vishwajeet through the State Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation, where an exclusive web portal will be created for online booking of cinema tickets similar to the lines of the Railway Online Ticketing System.
This is being done to put an end to the monopoly of a segment of film producers who control the single screens and numerous multiplexes, especially during the release of big-ticket films.
It may be recollected that in the month of April this year the AP government issued orders, fixing the maximum ceiling rates for admission into cinemas, ranging from Rs 5 (non-AC theatre in a village) to Rs 250 (premium multiplex in a municipal corporation). This was fixed in accordance with the High Court orders.
For the development of the portal, an eight-member committee of officials has also been constituted under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary (Home). The committee comprises of IT Secretary, Information Secretary, Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, APTS MD, Joint Collectors of Krishna and Guntur districts, and the Special Secretary of IT.
The committee conducted a meeting here on Tuesday and discussed on how to draw the blueprint, develop and implement the new system, and the way forward.