DCC clears projects worth Rs 8,588 crore for NE connectivity, clears in-building rules
The DCC, formerly known as telecom commission, approved a special scheme to cover close to 12,000 uncovered villages in aspirational districts, a top official said on Thursday.
After a meeting of the DCC Thursday, telecom secretary Anshu Prakash told reporters that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will request the ministry of housing affairs to issue guidelines to provide “free and fair” access to all telecom service providers (TSP) for communication services. DCC is the highest decision-making body in the DoT.
“We think building bylaws may need to be seen,” said Prakash.
He added that no Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) or building owners should be allowed to enter into exclusive agreements with any operator. Further, existing public sector enterprises should be encouraged to share optic fibre infrastructure at an “economic price” with carriers.
“4G connectivity has been approved for uncovered villages in North East. This includes 2,215 villages in Arunachal and 763 villages in two districts of Assam. This also includes highway. The total cost estimates is Rs 2,536 crore,” Prakash said.
The inter-ministerial panel also gave its nod to a special scheme to cover close to 12,000 uncovered villages in aspirational district. It has approved 1,917 mobile towers for 2,968 uncovered villages of Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam.
The proposal will need the Cabinet’s nod. The telecom secretary estimates the project to be completed in 18 months from the date it is awarded to operators.
The DCC also approved 1,593 mobile towers for 4G connectivity in 2,691 uncovered villages of Meghalaya at an outlay Rs 2,132 crore. Another proposal sanctioned was an outlay of Rs 2,065 crore for Bharat Net project in Telangana and Rs 1,815 crore in Tamil Nadu.