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MIB to move Supreme Court against DAS Phase III stay orders, says secretary Sunil Arora

MUMBAI: With multiple high courts staying the implementation of digital addressable system DAS Phase III, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has decided to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

Sunil-Arora1MIB will be filing the petition in the apex court to club the orders from different high courts, MIB secretary Sunil Arora told TelevisionPost.com.

“We will be moving the Supreme Court soon,” Arora added.

Earlier, the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad had granted a two-month stay on DAS implementation in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The HCs of Bombay and Orissa had restrained the implementation of DAS Phase III. The High Court of Sikkim had granted a 12-week stay. The Madras High Court had ordered status quo.

Incidentally, paucity of set-top boxes (STBs), unresolved issues related to interconnection agreements in Phases I and II, and cable operators plea for requiring more time to seed boxes were some of the issues various high courts took note of.

Earlier, Information & Broadcasting (I&B) special secretary JS Mathur had informed the stakeholders that 76 per cent digitisation had been achieved in Phase III areas as per the management information system (MIS) software.

The percentage would shoot up to 86.25 per cent if Tamil Nadu were excluded. He had also revealed that there was zero seeding in 685 areas until 30 December 2015.

Of these, 280 areas are in West Bengal, which are to be deleted from Phase III list as per the comments of the state government. Out of these 685 areas, 450 areas have fewer than 1,000 TV households and 226 from 1,000 to 5,000 TV households.

According to the MIB’s updated list, there are 33.35 million TV households in DAS Phase III areas covering 29 states and five Union territories.

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