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TDSAT directs Amritsar LCOs to clear dues to Fastway or face disconnection

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed local cable operators (LCOs) Bhatti Cable and Sajjan Cable, part of Amritsar Cable TV Operators Sangarsh Committee, to clear dues to Fastway Transmission, or face disconnection.

The dues against Bhatti Cable up to 30 September 2015 amount to Rs 6,66,700; they are Rs 4,38,500 against Sajjan Cable.

The two LCOs have maintained that they are not in a position to clear off the dues in one payment.

The tribunal accordingly directed Bhatti Cable and Sajjan Cable to pay Rs 430,000 and Rs 230,000 (including the subscription fee for the month of September 2015) by 28 September.

Furthermore, the LCOs have been directed to clear off the balance dues by 30 October, failing which it would be open to respondent to discontinue the supply of its signals to the defaulters.

Apart from payment of the arrears, the two LCOs will also have to pay the monthly subscription fee for October 2015.

In case a set-top box (STBs) with the subscribers of the two cable operators is not operational in the meanwhile, the LCOs will be required to give intimation to the respondent and also return the non-operational STBs, the tribunal said.

The matter has been put up for framing of issues on 28 September.