On 20.08.2014, the Cabinet approved the project at implementation cost of Rs. 3567.58 crores (inclusive of all taxes except octroi and local taxes) consisting of CAPEX and OPEX for 5 years for 1836 sites, discovered by BSNL through tender process; and OPEX for existing 363 towers for providing mobile services at locations identified by Ministry of Home Affairs in areas affected by Left Wing Extremism.
The ownership of the assets created under the project to be vested in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
Government of india has approved to provide additional 156 Mobile Tower in LWE affected area with subsidy support of maximum of Rs 275 cror from USOF. Accordinlgy the agreement was approved on 15.12.2016. Roll-out period for installation and commissioning at 156 sites is 21.06.2017. Agreement validity also extended from 6 yeas from the effective date to 21.06.2022.
The state-wise breakup of locations is as below:
|State||No. of Total Locations identified by MHA||Existing BSNL Towers (for OPEX)|