Cable TV operators have run up arrears to the tune of Rs 36.37 crore with the Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) for using electric posts to string TV cables.
The arrears have piled up the most in Ernakulam district where the operators owe the state-run utility Rs 7.63 crore. Operators owe Rs 4.47 crore in Thrissur and Rs 4.10 crore in Kollam. In the remaining three corporations, cable operators owe Rs 3.7 crore in Thiruvananthapuram, Rs 2.58 crore in Kozhikode and Rs 54 lakh in Kannur.
The data regarding the arrears was submitted by Power Minister Aryadan Mohammed in the Assembly the other day.
Recently, electric posts of the KSEB had been in the centre of a row after the government decided to allow Reliance Jio Infocomm to draw its cables. Trade unions in the KSEB and cable TV operators had opposed this move. Subsequently, the KSEB had decided to dismantle all illegally drawn TV cables after giving an opportunity to the operators to regularise their usage within a stipulated period.
Source- indian Express