Media reports indicate that the Bombay High Court has granted a stay order on implementation of Phase III of cable digitization in Maharashtra. The court cited a Supreme Court judgment and noted that a stay granted by a high court on a central notification in one state would be applicable in other states as well.
Earlier, the High Court of Hyderabad had granted a 2 month extension for Digital Addressable System (DAS) Phase III. The Bombay High Court noted that this should therefore be applicable to all states in the country.
The first phase of digitisation covered four metro, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. In the second phase 38 cities were covered with population more than one million. The third phase will cover around 38,799,074 households. According to MIB about 630 districts and 7709 urban areas will be covered in DAS III.