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Govt sets timeframe to remove overhead cables in capital

Information Source:Henan Huadong Cable Co., Ltd Release date:2014-11-03

The overhead cables are not only an eyesore, but also hazardous.

The government has set a timeframe for the removal of overhead cables in the capital within the next seven days in a bid to beautify the city.

Nasrul Hamid, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, gave the instruction to the internet service providers (ISPs) and cable TV operators at a meeting with Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC) and Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (Desco) at Bidyut Bhaban in the capital yesterday.

The overhead cables are not only an eyesore, but also hazardous, the state minister said.

He warned the ISPs and cable TV operators that the DPDC and Desco would take action against them if they did not take immediate steps to follow the instructions.

SM Altaf Hossain, chairman of the technical and infrastructural committee of the Internet Service Providers’ Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB), said completing the task in such a short time would be difficult.

The overhead cables have to be replaced with underground cables, and only two companies – Fibre@Home Limited and Summit Communications Limited – are currently in charge of managing the underground connections, and getting schedule from these companies in such a short notice will be quite a hard task, he said.

“We need more time to work on this, in phases. Before, the order was primarily given only for the main streets, now the authorities want all overhead cables across the capital to removed, which is tough to do within a week,” Altaf said.

A Power Division official told the Dhaka Tribune that overhead internet and TV cables created trouble for pedestrians, and in many cases caused fatal accidents.

“Pedestrians in different parts of Dhaka have accused the authorities of negligence in this regard,” he said.

This reporter visited the capital’s Mohammadpur, Moghbazar, Mouchak, Farmgate, Dhanmondi, Mohakhali and Motijheel areas yesterday and found the situation worse in those areas.

“The tangled mass of cables makes the footpaths and the roads seem like a jungle, and it creates severe problems for people who use the foot overbridges,” said Abdur Rashid, a Mohammadpur resident, while talking to the Dhaka Tribune.

“It is quite impossible to move in the streets as the cables hang very close to the surface, not to mention how risky it is for the pedestrians. And they also put a damper on our city’s beauty,” he said.

There are around a hundred cable TV operators and 400 ISPs in the capital, according to sources at the BTRC.

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