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DSCC removes overhead internet cables, users suffer

  • Published at 11:21 am August 7th, 2020
DSCC’s drive has cost cable and internet businesses a loss of more than Tk1 crore Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Hanging risky cables on the road is a punishable offence, says city corporation

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has conducted a drive to remove illegal overhead cable connections in different areas of the capital.

Many internet and cable connections at some DSCC areas were cut off for which many locals suffered from the disruption during the drive conducted on Thursday, reports Bangla Tribune.

The city corporation said hanging such risky cables on the road is a punishable offence.

Cable and internet businesses have suffered a loss of more than a crore taka because of this. They have also appealed to the mayor about the matter.

Anwar Hossain Anu, president of the Bangladesh Internet Business Association, said: “We certainly welcome this initiative of the DSCC mayor. But we need to be allowed to provide the connections underground. But the initiative taken by the government to take the cable connection underground has not yet been implemented. So how do we connect our cables then?”

“Without any alternative arrangement, cables worth lakhs of taka are being cut off every day. How will we run the business, if this goes on? 

“Most people are working from home using the internet in this Covid-19 pandemic but it will not be possible for them to work if this goes on every day. 

“There are even plans to get rid of overhead cables in Motijheel C/A where most banks and offices are located who are completely dependent on the internet to run their businesses. We have applied to the mayor to consider the situation and we hope he will,” Anwar added.

Eviction drive against illegal overhead internet wire, conducted by DSCC at Dhanmondi on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

According to DSCC sources, on July 30, DSCC Mayor Barrister Sheikh Noor Taposh at the budget announcement program of the city corporation required the removal of all kinds of risky and illegal cables within one week.

After the mayor’s announcement, the DSCC mobile court started the eviction drive from Wednesday in several city corporation areas.

On the first day, the eviction drive  was carried out from City College on Mirpur Road in Dhanmondi to the vicinity of Labaid Hospital and Jigatala Bus Stand, and around the Nagar Bhaban.

During the second day of the operation on Thursday, illegal cables and installations were removed in the vicinity of Udayan Market owned by the city corporation in Gulistan and from Golap Shah Mazar to the Gulistan Underpass.

Also Read - DSCC runs eviction drives in Gulistan, Dhanmondi

A mobile court headed by Irfan Uddin Ahmed, executive magistrate of the DSCC, conducted the illegal cable connection removal drive in front of Fulbaria Market and raided the Udayan Market area of Gulistan.

On the same day, Muniruzzaman, another executive magistrate of the DSCC, conducted the cable cutting drive on Dhanmondi Road 7 along the front side of Dhanmondi's Rabindra Sarobar. The cable connections above the roads were removed.

“At the direction of the DSCC mayor, we started removing illegal overhead cable tv and internet cables hanging over the roads. According to the law, hanging a cable like this is a punishable offence, Muniruzzaman said.

Moreover, the mobile courts also evicted illegal hawkers and roadside confectioneries from the footpaths.

According to the Television Network Operation Act 2006, cable connections cannot be used without the written approval of the concerned government agency.

Offenders can be given a two-year jail term or a maximum fine of Tk1,00,000 for violation of the law. The punishment for repeat offenders is three years in jail or a maximum fine of Tk2,00,000.

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