BSNL Receives Rs 25,000 Crore Worth Projects from Government, Will Kick-Off Second Phase of BharatNet

The government yesterday allocated various telecom network projects to state-run telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The government has allocated Rs 25,000 crore for completing the assigned tasks. Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha informed this news to Parliament yesterday. These big projects include laying of optical fibre based network dedicated for use by Defence worth Rs 13,334 crore and Rs 6,500 crore for execution of the second phase of BharatNet Project.


“Optical Fibre Cable based Network for Defence Services (NFS Project) has been given to BSNL on nomination basis at the cost of Rs 13,334 crore. For the execution of the BharatNet project, the government has provided Rs 5,744 crore in Phase-I and has earmarked Rs 6,500 crore in Phase-II for BSNL,” Sinha said, as reported by PTI.

Besides the projects mentioned above, BSNL has been awarded to roll out mobile networks in uncovered villages in Arunachal Pradesh and two districts of Assam at an estimated cost of Rs 1,975.38 crore. The government-owned PSU will also be responsible for implementing the transmission-media plan for North Eastern Region at an estimated cost of Rs 295.97 crore. It will also lay the submarine optical fiber cable project at the cost of Rs 1,900 crore for providing connectivity to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) and augmenting of satellite bandwidth in ANI and Lakshadweep Islands at an estimated cost of Rs 120.49 crore.

“Work of setting up of 25000 Wi-Fi Hotspots at Rural Telephone Exchanges at the cost of Rs 940 crore has been given to BSNL on nomination basis,” Sinha added.

Furthermore, at the same meeting, Sinha was asked about the revival of state-run firms BSNL and MTNL as both the companies have been incurring losses since FY 2009-10. As per Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) guidelines, both CPSEs (Central Public Sector Enterprises) has been declared as “Incipient Sick”, Sinha added.

“Consequent upon declaration of BSNL as “Incipient Sick”, action has been initiated by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for preparation of a revival/restructuring plan for BSNL as per DPE guidelines. Three Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) have been requested to submit their willingness for undertaking a study and preparation of a revival/restructuring plan for BSNL,” the telecom minister added.

He further confirmed that an “internal committee of DoT is examining the recommendations of the report prepared by the consultant to decide the path of financial, human resources and corporate restructuring for the revival of MTNL.”

Sinha also recommended the reduction in the retirement age from 60 years to 58 years for employees, voluntary retirement scheme, debt restructuring and synergy in operations of MTNL and BSNL.

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Murthy Vsn
March 10, 2018 10:24 pm 10:24 PM

Hope it would revive.being a PSU it having a HR problem.which has to be addressed by Government at the earliest.

March 10, 2018 4:20 pm 4:20 PM

What happened to BSNL’s request on 4G spectrum on 2100MHz band?

March 10, 2018 10:28 am 10:28 AM

Dear bsnl please sell your asset to jio..
Tier 2 ,3 cities will benefit

Shiva Ram Meena BSNL
March 11, 2018 6:21 am 6:21 AM

Why will be BSNL sale his assets to Jio……? Your thinking about bsnl is not good …..? So you are requested that kindly send message to Jio Mukesh Ambani to go back ……. otherwise BSNL will be send back it in nearby time ……..Jio is cheating with Indain pupils……..You will seen soon that all private Telecom company declared themself Diwaliya …….they shutdown at earliest…….& Only BSNL will be remaining with you like people ……?

Thanking you

Sayak Roy
March 10, 2018 11:03 pm 11:03 PM

None will benifit if BSNL sells its assets to Jio. We seriously need BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea in the market. It would be simply a disaster for Jio to have a monopoly.

Priyansh Singh
March 13, 2018 5:35 am 5:35 AM


Shiva Ram Meena BSNL
March 11, 2018 6:22 am 6:22 AM

Very good comment