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Ministry of Communications & Information Technology08-May, 2013 14:58 IST
Telecom Facility in Naxal Affected Areas

            Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has identified and conveyed 2199 locations to Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for installation of mobile towers in 9 states which are affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) and do not currently have any coverage by any service provider.

 

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has already installed Mobile Towers at 363 out of these 2199 locations. State-wise detail of these locations is as follows:

 

S. No.

Name of the State

No. of locations identified by MHA

Towers already commissioned

by BSNL

1

Andhra Pradesh

227

3

2

Bihar

184

0

3

Chhattisgarh

497

351

4

Jharkhand

782

0

5

Madhya Pradesh

22

6

6

Maharashtra

60

3

7

Odisha

253

0

8

Uttar Pradesh

78

0

9

West Bengal

96

0

 

TOTAL

2199

363

 

            The scheme of installation of mobile towers is funded by Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).

            USOF launched a scheme called the Shared Mobile Infrastructure Scheme (SMIS) in May 2007 to provide subsidy support for setting up and managing 7353 infrastructure sites/towers in 500 districts including LWE affected districts spread over 27 States for provision of mobile services in the specified rural and remote areas, where there was no existing fixed, wireless or mobile coverage.  Villages or cluster of villages having population of 2000 or more having no mobile coverage, were taken into consideration for installation of towers under the scheme.  673 mobile towers were targeted in the 11th Five Year Plan under the Scheme in LWE affected districts and all these towers have been installed. Details of these towers are as follows:

S. No.

Name of the State

No. of Towers under shared mobile infrastructure scheme of USOF

 

 

Targeted

Commissioned

1

Andhra Pradesh

27

27

2

Bihar

102

102

3

Chhattisgarh

240

240

4

Jharkhand

162

162

5

Madhya Pradesh

12

12

6

Maharashtra

34

34

7

Odisha

36

36

8

Uttar Pradesh

25

25

9

West Bengal

35

35

 

TOTAL

673

673

 

The details of subsidy disbursed by USOF under shared mobile infrastructure scheme upto 28.2.2013 is as follows:

 S. No.

Name of the State

Subsidy disbursed by USOF under shared mobile infrastructure shceme upto 28.2.2013 (in Rs. crore)

1

Andhra Pradesh

42.33

2

Bihar

11.21

3

Chhattisgarh

30.57

4

Jharkhand

08.34

5

Madhya Pradesh

17.76

6

Maharashtra

30.01

7

Odisha

12.35

8

Uttar Pradesh

35.28

9

West Bengal

04.12

 

Total

191.97

 

In the 12th Plan period, all villages which presently do not have mobile coverage will be provided with connectivity under a scheme funded by USOF.

This information was given by Dr. (Smt.) Killi Kruparani, Minister of State for C&IT in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

 

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MV/RK

 


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