BSNL may set up 3,000 more towers in Maoist-hit areas

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2017 09:25:26


NEW DELHI, 

STATE-runBSNL maybe askedto set up 3,000 more telecom towers on an urgent basis and enhance the satellite bandwidth in the Maoist-infested areas to improve communication among the security agencies operating there. The task of setting up nearly 2200 telecom towers in the first phase has been completed in a record time in all these ven Maoist hit states of Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

A decision is likely to be taken this week after a probe into the recent Sukma strike that left 25 CRPF men dead in an ambush laid by the left-wing insurgents, official sources said.

They said that in the phase-II, the BSNL will be asked to finish the setting up of another 3,000 telecom to wersonanurgent basis in a bid to enhance the connectivity in the remote areas of these States.

After the Narendra Modi government took over in 2014, a prestigious planof better telecom connectivityin Naxal-hit areas was given the top priority and the Cabinet Committee on Security had cleared a project of settingup 1836 new towers, besides refurbishing the 364 existing ones. For the first time, nearly 1800 telecom towers were set up in the country based on solar power and its successful completion was appreciated by security agencies, especially National Security Advisor A K Doval who had sent a letter to the BSNL Chairman.

“The challenges were no less compounded by the difficult terrain,lack of accessibility and infrastructure facilities. “...Your(BSNL) efforts, and that of security forces inproviding effective protection to the working parties, will go a long way in providing a semblance of security in the heartland areas which have long been under the grip of extremists,” the letter said.