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No cable service in eastern districts

May 30, 2011

Most people in the six eastern districts are missing out on BBS’s live broadcast of the parliament after the Bhutan Power Corporation suspended the service.

Most cable operators have not laid their cables underground. They strung the cables from one electricity pole to the next. The Bhutan Power Corporation suspended the service saying the practice is risky for the people.

The TV signals went off air on Wednesday afternoon. The residents waited hoping that it was a momentary technical glitch and the service would be back soon. It did come back.

The Bhutan Power Corporation gave the cable operators a 10 day notice to remove their cables from the electricity poles. The cable operators said they could not comply with the request because of the high cost involved.

Namgyel Wangchuk, the proprietor of Yuden Cables in Samdrup Jongkhar, said “if they do not allow us to use their electricity poles, then we will not be able to provide cable services.”

The cable service in Samdrup Jongkhar town has been restored since then but Dewathang area is still without cable service.

The Bhutan Power Corporation says it has no choice. They have been asked as far back as 2008 by the Bhutan Electricity Authority not to allow cable operators to use the electricity poles.

Kinzang Dorji, the Bhutan Power Corporation’s regional manager in Samdrup Jongkhar said the Bhutan Power Corporation has also been fined by the Bhutan Electricity Authority.

Only the cables services that have their cables underground have not been affected.

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