Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has started a mobile court drive against illegal television cable lines set up haphazardly around DSCC areas.
On the first day, two mobile courts conducted the drive at Dhanmondi and Jhigatola bus stops and adjoining Nagar Bhaban area, says a press release.
A mobile court led by DSCC's Executive Magistrate Moniruzzaman pulled down illegal cables on Mirpur Road stretching from City College to Labaid Hospital and Jhigatola Bus Stop.
Another court led by Executive Magistrate Irfan Uddin Ahmed pulled down illegal cables at Bangabhaban, Gulistan and Fulbaria areas.
The drive started after directions from DSCC Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on the basis of Cable Television Network Operation Act-2006, said Moniruzzaman.
He said their drives will continue and will resume tomorrow morning from Jhigatola. Irfan said they will also restart their operation from Fulbaria tomorrow morning.
According to the Cable Television Network Operation Act, cable operators will have to take written permission from local offices of utility service providers of the government, semi-government or autonomous bodies to use their structures, the press release added.
According to the law, a person will have to face punishment of up to two years imprisonment, a fine of between Tk 50,000 to Tk 1 lakh, or both if they breach the law, it added.