Govt Okays Plan To Set Up 4072 Towers In LWE Areas, Grants Rs 7330 Cr

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the DoT’s plan to set up over 4000 towers in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) areas to bring them to mainstream mobile connectivity services. The government has also sanctioned Rs 7330 crore for this project.

The government has identified 96 districts in 10 states who are affected by the left wing extremists where these towers would be set up. The funding of this project would come from Universal Service Obligation Fund ‘USOF’.

This is the second phase of the government’s mobile connectivity plan for LWE areas.

This network would be used by the security personnel deployed in LWE affected areas. Project will also provide the mobile services to help the residents in unconnected inhabited villages which would improve the economic activities in the region. It will give impetus to the e-Governance activities in the backward and LWE affected area with the availability of digital mobile connectivity.

LWE Phase-II Project

State No. Of Districts No. Of Towers
Andhra Pradesh 8 429
Bihar 21 412
Chhatisgarh 16 1028
Jharkhand 21 1054
Madhya Pradesh 1 26
Maharashtra 2 136
Odisha 18 483
Telengana 14 118
Pttar Pradesh 3 179
West Bengal 5 207

The first phase of the LWE project involved setting up 2335 towers in these states to offer first phase of connectivity using 2G technology. The USOF has sanctioned a  total of Rs 4080.78 crore for this project. The project is almost complete with and there are currently 2335 active sites out of total 2355 sites.

In the second phase of the LWE mobile connectivity plan, the Ministry of Home Affairs or MHA in consultation with the concerned states has identified 4072 tower locations for the communication need of the security personnels deployed in 96 districts of 10 states and provided to DoT on 27th October, 2017.

The technology proposed in the Phase-ll project has been upgraded according to the requirement of the stakeholders. Now 2G and 4G technology is being deployed in this project for providing the mobile connectivity.

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