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Indian telecom service provider BSNL has submitted a final estimate of Rs 3,241 crore to roll out mobile services across 9 Naxal-hit states.
The Capex plan was supposed to be completed this month but progress was stuck due to difference between actual bids and project cost approved by then UPA government.
“We have submitted a final estimate of about Rs 3,241 crore for installing mobile towers in Left Wing Extremist affected areas to the Department of Telecom (DoT) with comparative chart. It will take us 12 months to roll out the project from the date the estimates are approved,” said BSNL Director for Consumer Mobility Anupam Shrivastava.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has been pushing for installation of mobile towers in Naxal-hit areas since 2010.
The absence of mobile services has made it tough for security forces to operate and get timely help in critical situations, leading to loss of lives in some incidents.
Soon after a Maoist attack at Bastar in Chhattisgarh in which 27 people, including senior Congress leaders, were killed, the Cabinet in June 2013 approved setting up mobile towers at a cost of around Rs 3,046 crore in nine states affected by the naxal violence to improve communication. Original post at Telecom Lead