SHILLONG, March 07: Information Technology & Communication (ITC) Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh has informed that a survey has been conducted for installation of mobile towers and laying optical fibre at the border areas.
Replying during the question hour in the Assembly on Tuesday, Lyngdoh said that the survey was jointly conducted by the BSNL and the BSF.
“The survey reports along with project estimate have already been prepared and is currently under process by the BSNL NE-I Circle Office, Shillong,” she said.
The minister further informed that a total of 55 new locations will be made operational during 2017-18 as part of the ongoing GSM Phase VII Add on Project of BSNL.
When she pointed out the new locations in respect to East Khasi Hills District, Leader of Opposition Donkupar Roy expressed concern that the locations identified are too far away from the border areas.
He cited the case of Nongjri being one of the biggest border villages which is yet to have a mobile tower as there has been no proposal made till date.
To this, the minister said that it is to be understood very clearly that these are all agencies controlled by the Government of India and the state government will always endeavor to coordinate and to assist.
She however said that the biggest problem with some of the rural villages is that they are located in hilly terrain and there is the line of site which is not achieve and available for mobile operators to perform and operate for commercial profit.
“We understand that this is a very important agenda especially in the border areas keeping in mind that Gramin from Bangladesh reaches faster than any other Indian companies,” Lyngdoh said while informing that the matter was brought from time to time to the attention of the BSNL and others.