With approximately 70 to 75% seeding of STBs achieved on an average in areas chosen under the second phase of digitisation drive, analogue cable signals would be switched off in over 30 cities from Monday onwards.
Officials in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said digitisation would be implemented in these cities barring Bangalore and four towns in Gujarat where the deadline was being extended following court orders.
The UP government had written to the ministry seeking extension of digitisation deadline. “Though in some cities there is still a requirement of 30% installation of set-top boxes (STBs), we are confident that in the coming days the required effort will be made,” said a senior official.
The March 31 Phase II digitisation deadline was meant for 38 cities across 14 states in the country.
According to the I&B Ministry’s recent data , Hyderabad , Amritsar, Chandigarh and Allahabad achieved nearly 100% digitisation while over 75% digitisation had been achieved in Jodhpur, Thane, Aurangabad, Jaipur, Pune, Faridabad, Nashik, and Ghaziabad.