Odisha Government has been requested to open Cinema Halls and Multiplexes on immediate basis to support livelihoods and the economy.
Cinema Halls are closed since March and despite four rounds of Unlock announced, Cinema Halls are not allowed to reopen.
Shopping Centers Association of India (SCAI) has requested the State Government to allow opening of Multiplexes and Cinema halls towards taking a positive step to support livelihoods and economy.
One of the most important components of Shopping Centers and Malls continues to be Cinema Halls.
SCAI has developed protocols for the public at large while keeping social distancing and safety as top priority.
While Malls and Shopping Centers are allowed to open, Multiplexes are not allowed to open.
SCAI has requested the State Government to allow opening of Multiplexes in the State, which supports livelihood of hundreds of people and employs large number of them directly.
Earlier, All Odisha Cinema Hall Owners’ Association (AOCHOA) have appealed the State Government for exemption of Minimum Demand Charges on Electricity as the Cinema Halls are closed since 20 March 2020.
“There is Zero Income” and the Cinema Hall Owners are not in a position to pay Minimum Demand Charges on electricity Bills, pointed out BK Mohanty, President of the Association in an appeal to the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Cinema Hall Owners are going through miserable situation in paying salary, wages to staff, repaying bank loans, interest, GST, SGST, Holding Tax etc.
Association pointed out that they are not in a position to pay Minimum Demand Charges for All Cinema Halls till they start operating the Halls.
Survival of the Cinema Halls is in question and Odisha Film Industry is facing worst crisis.
Unless the Cinema Halls start operations, it will be very difficult to survive and in the process, lakhs of people dependant of the Sector will face livelihood issues.
Under this backdrop, State Government has been requested to allow opening of Cinemas at the earliest possible and provide reprieve to the already struggling sector and give a fresh lease of life to the Cinema Industry, urged SCAI.