Chennai, Sep 21 (UNI) A day after private Tamil satellite channel Sun TV, owned by the Marans, came out with a proposal to introduce DTH service, the Tamil Nadu Government today said it was keeping open the option of launching its own such service.
Sun TV had announced introduction of DTH service, apparently to counter the State Government's decision to set up Arasu Cable TV Corporation to end the monopoly of SCV, owned by the Marans, who had fallen out of grace with Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
''It is a different technology. We also have the right to bring in DTH if we want to,'' Chief Secretary L K Tripathy told a press conference here in the presence of Secretaries of all departments.
Asked about Sun TV's proposal, he said ''India is a free country.
Anybody can have it. The option is available with the Government.
But we don't know the market. Already there is Tata Sky, Zee TV, DD and another one has come.'' ''Right now we are happy with the MSO,'' he said, adding that it was a financially viable option.
On import of cement to bring down its prices, Mr Tripathy said tenders have been floated through TANCEM for importing 18 lakh metric tonnes of cement. The tenders would be opened in the middle of next month.
About the Titanium project of the Tatas in South Tamil Nadu, Industries Secretary Shakthikanta Das said the high-level Committee, comprising Ministers, had submitted the draft report to the Government.
The team briefed the Chief Minister about the interaction they had with the locals. ''By and large, 70 to 75 per cent of the local people welcome the project. They only want a fair and reasonable price for their lands,'' he added.
A team from the Tata group was inspecting the area for direct acquisition of lands and holding discussions with the locals.