Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh government is planning to sell movie tickets online soon.

The government said the online portal is in the final stages of development. The government wants to make tickets available for filmgoers in the major cities and towns across the state.

It may be recalled that the government has constituted a high-level committee to execute the task of developing the portal and linking cinema theatres.

The government wants to sell the movie tickets on the lines of bus tickets of APSRTC through a single portal, or the way sale of railway tickets are managed by the central government.

The committee, headed by the principal secretary (home), consists of secretaries from the IT and information departments, commissioner of commercial taxes, AP technology services managing director, joint collectors of Krishna and Guntur districts, and the special secretary of the IT department.

The state government has issued orders fixing movie ticket prices across the state for non-AC, AC theatres, and multiplexes. The government has received several complaints from the moviegoers about the anomalous prices and ticket blockings during the movie release.

The intervention was to avoid indiscriminate hike by the theatre owners during the release of big banner films. The online portal is yet another initiative to keep a check on the price of movie tickets and ensure that entertainment is made available to people at a reasonable rate.

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