Bengal Govt creating policy for comprehensive telecom coverage
The Bengal Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) Department has started preparations for coverage of telecom services in the farthest corners of the state.
Around 263 administrative units/villages in the nine districts of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Nadia, Paschim Medinipur and Jhargram are left to be covered. Not just the inhabitants, but tourists to these regions also suffer because of poor telecom connectivity.
A right-of-way policy and an incentive framework along with a uniform fee structure are being prepared by the IT&E Department officials, in discussion with telecom operators.
Other things being considered are a single-window approval mechanism, the holding of regular meetings with the district committees and quarterly review meetings.
On the equipment front, officials are looking at environment-friendly solutions like using solar power to charge tower transmission equipment.