Even as the digitisation deadline comes to an end at midnight of October 31, 2012, there are still some pockets of resistance where digitisation process is under the cloud.
As per a release issued by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on October 30, it has been claimed that the digitisation process in the four metros – Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai – has touched 89 per cent so far. And if the DTH connections are taken into consideration, then the figure goes up to 93 per cent in the four metros.
The government has also instituted teams comprising technical professionals from Prasar Bharati and Broadcast Engineering Consultants of India to visit the MSOs in the four metros and see how prepared they are for the switchover.
Meanwhile, digitisation in Kolkata is headed for some anxious moments with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee threatening to launch an agitation if television transmission is blacked out after the October 31 deadline.
She has alleged that set top boxes are not in hand. Banerjee has been opposing the digitisation process, stating that the poor won’t be able to afford the set top boxes.
The other three metros, however, seem set for the switchover. As per the I&B Ministry’s report, Mumbai has achieved 100 per cent digitisation, while the digitisation process in Delhi has touched 92 per cent and with DTH, the percentage goes up to 95 per cent. Digitisation in Kolkata has crossed 82 per cent, and with the DTH penetration, the percentage goes up to 85 per cent. Chennai has seen 62 per cent digitisation, with the figure going up to 86 per cent with the inclusion of DTH.
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