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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 - 13:29
Bottled water sold at exorbitant prices at Seegiriya
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It has been reported that a bottle of drinking water priced at Rs. 50 each is being sold to foreign tourists arriving to view Sigiriya at Rs. 200. 

Our Correspondent said that this sale of bottles of drinking water at high prices are happening at sales outlets located at the car park reserved for tourists.

Our news team made an inquiry about this from the Sigiriya Project Manager Major Anura Nishantha.

He said that foreigners have no need to purchase bottles of drinking water as adequate water facilities have been provided free of charge at several places.

He said that at the same time if there are allegations against sale of bottled drinking water at high prices at outlets maintained by private businessmen, he will make arrangements to inquire into it.

The Consumer Affairs Authority issued an extraordinary gazette notification last year specifying a maximum retail price for bottled drinking water.

Accordingly, the maximum price of a bottle of drinking water of between 350 to 499 millilitres should be Rs. 26.

The price of a bottle of water between 500 to 749 millilitres has been priced at Rs. 35 while bottled drinking water of 750 to 999 millilitres should be sold at Rs. 40

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