STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Kochi Corporation disconnects ‘illegal’ cables, leaves many internet users offline

Broadband internet users in Girinagar and Elamkulam area were affected the most after the Kochi Corporation removed the underground cables of Tata Communications, Bharti Airtel and Reliance.

Published: 09th August 2018 03:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2018 07:01 AM   |  A+A-

Several optical fibre cable internet customers in the city on Wednesday found themselves without net connection for several hours (File)

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Several optical fibre cable internet customers in the city on Wednesday found themselves without net connection for several hours, disrupting their business, after the Kochi Corporation went on a drive to remove cables that were laid without the permission of the civic body.

Broadband internet users in Girinagar and Elamkulam area were affected the most after the Kochi Corporation removed the underground cables of Tata Communications, Bharti Airtel and Reliance.
With this, the business of several companies functioning in and around the areas was affected adversely. “We lost internet connectivity around 3 pm on Wednesday. When we made a call to the service provider, we came to know that the crisis was due to the Corporation removing some cables. They should have issued a notice before initiating such a drive as the business of the company is badly affected due to this,” said an employee of a private organisation. However, Corporation officers who initiated the drive told Express only unauthorised cables were removed.

“The cables that have been placed through the drainage canals were removed as it has affected the water flow through the canal. Moreover, these underground cables were installed without getting permission from the Corporation. These are illegal cables. There was also the council’s direction to initiate unauthorised road cutting and cable laying,” said an engineer of the Corporation. The officer added that a show cause notice is not necessary for removing such illegal cables/constructions.
Bharti Airtel said the Corporation action was due to some confusion.



Comments(1)

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • Srithish Prabhu

    If corporation officials were sincere in their actions Kochi would've been a much better city. There are hundreds of issues where they've turned a blind eye( illegal flex boards, bills and posters across the city is one example) and which have compounded issues faced by the city. Such one off acts of acting "responsibly", enforcing rules is just an eye wash....probably because palms weren't greased well enough.
    3 years ago reply
edexworks
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp