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Sidhu Orders Illegal Cable Networks Dismantled Fastway may be target

The private war between Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and former Punjab deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and flamboyant Punjab Local Bodies Minister and former India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu is threatening to spill on to the roads.
The ruckus and bad-mouthing inside and outside the Punjab Legislative Assembly during its last session, in which arch rivals, and the principal opposition parties, SAD and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), appeared to have been working in cohoots, has in a sense added fuel to the fire.
Sidhu Orders Illegal Cable Networks Dismantled Fastway may be target, Lifeinchd
Navjot Singh Sidhu
Photos By: Life In Chandigarh
Unexpectedly finding itself on the back foot within three months of its government taking over reins of the state, which should normally have been taken for granted as a honeymoon period by any government, the ruling Congress is apparently learning the hard way and going back to the basics – attack is the best form of defence.
Navjot Singh Sidhu may already have fired the first salvo. Apparently targeting the monopoly in Punjab of Fastway cable network, considered Sukhbir’s baby, Sidhu on Saturday cracked the whip, directing municipal authorities across the state to go flat out against illegal use of municipal properties by cable network operators for laying of cables and put a stop to it immediately. Uprooting of illegal cable infrastructure on a massive scale in the coming days cannot be ruled out following the order.
Sidhu Orders Illegal Cable Networks Dismantled Fastway may be target, Lifeinchd
Sukhbir Singh Badal
In a statement released to the media, the minister said directions have been issued to the Commissioners of all Municipal Corporations, Executive Officers of the Municipal Councils/Nagar Panchayats and the Regional Deputy Directors of Urban Local Bodies to ensure that the rule of law is followed by all intending to make use of municipal property. Setting a sharp deadline, he has directed all these authorities to report such misuse, and action taken, by June 27.
Sidhu informed that it was brought to his notice in the Vidhan Sabha on Friday, that the cable network operators damaged municipal infrastructure like  roads/streets/water supply/sewerage networks in their digging work for laying of underground cables. Anybody intending to use municipal property is required to take permission from the Municipal Corporation/Council/Nagar Panchayats and the concerned urban local bodies are required to charge fees for according such permissions, he said.
Sidhu has instructed all municipal authorities to verify if cable network operators within their respective jurisdictions had obtained required permissions and send copies of applications submitted by the operator and copy of permission granted along with proof of charges paid, if any, by June 27.
He has also make it clear to all municipal authorities that in case requisite permissions have not been taken or charges not deposited, then necessary action as per the municipal acts must be taken and a report sent by June 27.
Sidhu said he had also written to the Power, Irrigation, Information and Public Relations and Excise & Taxation Departments to initiate necessary action in this regard against cable network operators.
On Friday, to a question tendered in the Vidhan Sabha by MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, the minister in his reply had said that a probe into the cable network business had brought to light an unholy nexus which resulted in the loss to the tune of Rs. 500 crore to the state exchequer. He had named Fastway as a leading player in this business.

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