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BookMyShow May Exit Maharashtra If Convenience Fee Issue Isn’t Resolved

Online ticketing venture BookMyShow may stop selling tickets in Maharashtra unless the State Government addresses the issue created by a notice which prevents websites like BookMyShow from charging a convenience fee from their users, The Hindu reports. The notice was issued on April 4, 2013, restraining charging of extra fee for online booking of movie tickets, following which a Public Interest Litigation was also filed in the Bombay High Court. Maharashtra is the biggest movie market in India, BookMyShow is the largest online movie ticketing venture in the country, and its dependency on Maharashatra is likely to be high. BookMyShow CEO Ashish Hemrajani has told the publication that they are taking a significant hit in the state, and "at some point, if the water goes above the neck, I will shut it down in Maharashtra." As much as I disagree with…

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