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Cabinet approves mobile phone towers in 10 LWE-hit states

India Blooms News Service | 21 Aug 2014, 05:53 am
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IBNS) The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its approval for providing mobile services at 2199 locations affected by Left Wing Extremism (LWE) in several Indian states.

The approval was given to Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

"The establishment of mobile services would augment public communication facilities in backward regions and also provide a platform for mobile services including m-commerce, mobile based information dissemination and easy access to governance and policing," read a government statement.

The project would be executed by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). BSNL has already installed towers at 363 locations.

The Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) would fund the capital expenditure and operative expenditure net of revenue for five years.

The project implementation cost through the open tendering process is approximately Rs.3568 crore against the revised cost estimate of approximately Rs.3216 crore.  

Cabinet approves mobile phone towers in 10 LWE-hit states

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