TV op­er­a­tors cry foul over re­moval of ca­bles from poles

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Spotlight - Anu­pam Sri­vas­tava anu­pam.sri­vas­tava@hin­dus­tan­ ▪

LUC­KNOW: Ca­ble tele­vi­sion op­er­a­tors have claimed that the au­thor­i­ties have re­moved wires sup­ply­ing sig­nals to one lakh homes in Luc­know ahead of the UP in­vestors sum­mit sched­uled on Fe­bru­ary 21 and 22.

Tony Sikka, di­rec­tor of Sikka Ca­bles Net­work, said the ca­bles were cut off from the poles by the au­thor­i­ties.

An of­fi­cial of the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion said, “Be­sides spoil­ing the sky­line, they (ca­bles) are not al­low­ing the poles to get painted.

The ca­ble op­er­a­tors were not pay­ing a sin­gle penny for the poles, which they were us­ing for their busi­ness. So, the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion re­serves the right to re­move any sort of en­croach­ment from its poles.”

Luc­know Elec­tric­ity Sup­ply Ad­min­is­tra­tion (LESA) gen­eral man­ager, tran­sGomti, Pradeep Kakkar said, “There was a mesh of ca­ble wires on LESA poles which had to be cleaned be­fore the in­vestors’ sum­mit. The ca­ble TV op­er­a­tors were served no­tice by the en­ter­tain­ment tax de­part­ment to re­move the wires well in ad­vance. They didn’t fol­low the or­der and the dis­trict au­thor­i­ties had to re­move them (ca­bles).”

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner PK Sri­vas­tava said, “The LMC (Luc­know Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion) poles are for street lights, not for the ca­ble net­work. If they want to have their ca­ble, they can raise their poles with the per­mis­sion of the au­thor­i­ties.”

The ca­ble op­er­a­tors claim some of the af­fected ar­eas in­clude Indira Na­gar, Eldeco Greens, Vib­huti Khand, Hazrat­ganj and Ashok Marg.

Su­nil Jolly, di­rec­tor of the Den net­work, said, “There is a ca­ble TV black­out in over one lakh houses of the city. Ca­ble trans­mis­sion is also dis­turbed in 22 other cities of the state be­cause our wires have been cut by the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion with­out any prior no­tice.

We wel­come the in­vestors’ sum­mit, but not at our ex­pense. We are happy that the state govern­ment is invit­ing in­vestors to the city, but why is it hurt­ing those who have al­ready in­vested in the state?”

“Around 300 km of ca­bles worth Rs 10 crore have al­ready been dam­aged. If at all we have to lay the ca­bles again, it will take at least a month to do so.”

“There is not enough ca­ble avail­able in the city to re­place the ones cut by the au­thor­i­ties,” said Jolly.

“Ca­ble tele­vi­sion in the city is a Rs 300 crore in­dus­try but it has suf­fered a body blow this time. It will take some time for the re­cov­ery of the busi­ness,” says Neeraj Ya­dav of Netvi­sion which says it is not able to tele­cast pro­grammes in 22 dis­tricts.

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