August 30th, 2011
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Entertainment as never seen before

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable Corporation will commence its operations formally from 2 September and consumers will be provided with 90 channels at a cost Rs 70 per month, Tamilnadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today said. Making a statement under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, the Chief Minister said, ‘Arasu Cable Corporation will ensure that people in the State get cable TV connections at a cheaper rate’.

‘Everyone knows that a monopoly prevails in the cable TV business in the State and people are charged exorbitant rates. Those who are in the business are now making huge profits’, she said.

The Arasu Cable Corporation was formed in 2007 and in the next year by July, they started their operations. They provided over 50,000 connections then. However due to the selfish motives of the previous DMK regime, the number of connections went down considerably. On 31 March, 2011, only 432 connections were being given, she added.

She stated that it was the poll promise of the ADMK to end the monopoly of a few in the cable TV business and ensure equal opportunities for all. Also we prommised to give cable TV connections at cheaper prices through the government’.

‘In a bid to fulfill our promise, Arasu Cable Corporation was revived. A full-time chairman and an IAS officer as managing director were appointed’, Jayalalithaa said.”Maintenance works were taken up at digital control rooms in Thanjavur, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli and Vellore. Also private control rooms were taken on rent in the remaining  27 districts and new analog control rooms were established’.

Following a call to associate themselves with the Arasu Cable TV Corporation’s operations, a total of 34,344 cable operators (except Chennai) joined enthusiastically. Collectively, they have 1.45 crore cable connections. Efforts are being taken to maintain telecast centres in 31 disticts and provide good service all-round-the-clock, she added.

Efforts are on to provide a total of 90 channels including pay channels Initially free-to-air channels would be given and soon the paid ones would be added to the service, the Chief Minister said. Of the Rs 70 to be charged from each consumer, the government share would be just Rs 20


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