No proposal received from Maha govt over DAS extension till Dec 2018: Rathore

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has said that it has not received any proposal from the Maharashtra government to extend the implementation of Phase IV of the digital addressable system (DAS) to December 2018.

“The Ministry has not received any representation from the Government of Maharashtra for extending the deadline of the current phase of digitization of cable TV for one more year, i.e. till December 2018,” minister of state in the ministry of information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told the Lok Sabha in response to a question.

As per the MIB, the cut-off date for the last and final phase of DAS was 31 March 2017 post which transmitting analogue signals is barred under law. The only exception to this rule is Tamil Nadu where the state government-owned Arasu Cable is racing against time to complete digitisation.

A multitude of court cases and the dilly-dallying over the grant of multi system operator (MSO) licence to Arasu had held up DAS implementation in Tamil Nadu.

While no final data has been provided for DAS Phase IV, the MIB considers DAS implementation to be a done deal. Cable industry stakeholders have pointed out that the analogue signals are being transmitted in many parts of Phase IV areas.

The MIB has also routinely asked nodal officers to take strict action against transmission of analogue signals.