News BSNL, MTNL And Other Telecom PSU To Spend Rs 6,464 Crore This Fiscal Year   Email this page
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NEW DELHI: Government has set a total expenditure target of 6,463.65 crore for telecom public sector units, including BSNL, MTNL, ITI, C-DoT and TCIL, this fiscal.
“The provisioned amount will be part of fresh capital expenditure that we will have to make in increasing our asset which includes network expansion and upgradation,” a top official of a state-run telecom operator told.

The government has earmarked Internal and Extra Budgetary Resources (IEBR) for BSNL at 5,132.19 crore, MTNL 808.46 crore, telecom product manufacturing unit ITI at Rs 461 crore, research unit Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) at 60 crore, 1 crore each for HPIL and Telecommunications Consultant India Limited (TCIL), according to an official document.

Separately, BSNL will get 100 crore as refund of upfront charges paid for spectrum to BSNL on surrender of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum from government.

In addition to this, government has earmarked 2,760 crore for laying out optical fibre based network for Defence Services. The project is being managed by BSNL. The target date for completion of network for defence is June 2015 but it is likely to get delayed.

BSNL last month issued advance purchase order of around 8,678 crore for 10 year contract to five companies for supplying and deploying optical fibres for the communication network of defence forces.

Government has allocated 461 crore to loss making Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) Limited for revival.The government has transferred 3,537 crore to Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) which is used for increasing telecom service penetration in rural.

The National Optical Fibre Network, under which all 2.5 lakh village panchayats are to be connected with high speed broadband services, is being funded through USOF. The government has set target to connect 50,000 gram panchayats by broadband this fiscal and all 2.5 lakh by end of March 2017.

Allocation of 1 crore made to Hemisphere Properties India limited (HPIL) indicates progress in resolving surplus land issue of VSNL, now Tata Communications. In 2005, the Cabinet had approved special purpose vehicle, HPIL, to execute the transaction related to the surplus VSNL land.

Tata Communications had acquired the PSU in 2002, but the deal did not include 773.13 acres of land assets owned by VSNL, which have been lying unused following the acquisition.

Government has to provide 2 crore loan to HPIL for hiring a consultant that has to work on procedures for hiving off the land.

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